Petersburg schools could lose millions in city funding

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg Public Schools may lose millions of dollars as city officials try to get a grip on finances. The school system is facing a 35 percent funding cut from the city’s 2016-17 allocation to schools.

City council approved $11.8 million to go to the schools during the upcoming school year, but they might not be able to authorize the transfer as officials are desperately searching for ways to tackle $18M in debt.

02D0075AFAF2447E864D650A7C2AD82CSome residents say the city should make education a priority despite the financial hardship.

“What they really need to do is check into where all the money is going,” Lovell Johnson told 8News Reporter Nakell Williams.

So, how will the funding gap hurt teaching and learning outcomes for students?

Superintendent Marcus Newsome sent this statement to 8News:

“We received the city’s report yesterday. Over the next several days and week, we will be working with staff to draft recommendations for school board consideration.”

Students return to school on September 6th. More information about how administrators will address the potential funding shortage will be available on September 7, which is the next Petersburg Board of Education meeting.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story. 

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