March 26, 2014
The Charlottesville City School Board met with the City Council over lunch on Wednesday to talk about the budget.
The school board talked with council about their $250,000 budget gap. They attribute part of the budget shortfall to state retirement requirements. But they also want to give teachers a raise.
"This budget, we had a pay increase and a VRS which is a majority of the money,” says City School Board Vice-Chair Amy Laufer. “The VRS is actually state mandate, so we need to do that. The pay increase was really important to us because we haven't done a pay increase in five years."
At this point council takes the budget and makes decisions about what they are going to fund. The school board will then come back with a revised budget in May or June.