CRAIG CO., Va. -

Snow days aren't a concern with a spring warm up.  But also heating up this time of year; budget decisions.

A slow-moving United States Congress has placed school systems with a large percentage of federal land in quite a pinch.

Jefferson National Forest spans much of the Alleghany Highlands and along the western ridge of our viewing area.

Keep in mind that's land that can't have homes, hotels, restaurants; things that help generate tax dollars for schools.

The Secure Rural Schools Act was guaranteed money to help compensate for the revenue lost by not being able to develop national park land.

In the past few years, this long-term funding has only been re-authorized one year at a time and often after schools finalize their budgets.

Many of these rural school districts have stopped factoring this money into budgets altogether.

This time around, rural school superintendents are doing everything they can to secure the funding as early as they can.

"We're really organizing right now with other rural schools that receive this funding to really push our local politicians to let them know how important it is to us," said Craig County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

Wilmore says Craig County Schools usually gets $130,000 a year from the Secure Rural Schools Act.

Considering the state cuts to education and the size of some of these rural schools' budgets, every dollar helps.