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Fluvanna County Schools Face More Budget Problems

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The Fluvanna County school system is no stranger to money problems. School leaders asked the board of supervisors for more money.

"I asked them for an additional $308,000 to assist us with basically operational cost," said Fluvanna County Superintendent Gena Keller.

Additional funds would pay for utilities, including $148,000 for heating oil for the new high school. The utilities are costing more than what school leaders had projected base on information from an engineering firm.

Some county supervisors say the school system can survive off the funds they we're allocated.

"There's no question in my mind that this can be worked out. A lot of this is politics," said Fluvanna County Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch.

"What I would like to say for any county supervisor or anyone out there, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but everyone has a responsibility to know the facts," said Keller.

School leaders say they may have to cut jobs and high school sports to fill the deficit.

"Unfortunately they are putting the children in the middle of political games," said Ullenbruch.

"I don't operate in a way that uses children as some political ploy," said Keller.

If the gap isn't filled, staff cuts could happen starting in January 2013.

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