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School Board's New Budget Cause for Concern

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

Superintendent, Scottie Griffin, unveiled the first set of her budget recommendations.

The budget didn't seem to go over too well with the public.

“It takes much consideration, but my gut reaction is this does not move the school board in the way the community would like it to move,” said an attendant, Stephen Campbell.

Some of the things Griffin includes in her plan are to cut the number of PE teachers at the elementary level and guidance councilors, in half.

Also, a number of individuals would be losing their jobs after the end of the school year.

“On those five key points, most of those don't make sense. In this time of great obesity of our children, to reduce the PE program at this time. We have a lot of disadvantaged youth in the city, it doesn't make sense to cut the guidance program. We spent more than a decade reducing the central office staff in reference to spending money in the classroom. It doesn't seem to make sense to reverse that trend and put money back into the central office especially, on the classroom instruction,” said Campbell.

If you'd like to get involved there will be a work session to discuss the budget in detail.

For the time and date of that discussion log on to the Charlottesville School Board's Web site: http://www.ccs.k12.va.us


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