PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) – The Petersburg School Board convened Wednesday night for the first time since city council cut millions of dollars from the school system.
“These budget cuts will have an impact on schools,” Superintendent Dr. Marcus Newsome said. “Everybody’s going to have to make sacrifices. We’re going to try to minimize the impact to employees and students.”
The more than $4.1 million budget cut is one of many aimed at helping with the city’s ballooning deficit. Newsome said he is cautiously optimistic about the impact of the cuts.
“I expect every employee to be paid on time, to be paid their full salaries,” he said. “I don’t expect salary cuts or cuts in jobs at this point.”
There are more than 20 open positions listed on the Petersburg City Public Schools website, vacancies that are likely to stay open in an effort to save money.
“We will probably continue to hold those vacant,” Newsome said. “We’ll have to do without some classroom supplies.”
The superintendent said he had not made any recommendations to the school board at this point. He told 8News it is unlikely that any schools would have to close as a result of the revised operating budget.
“Our employees and students are a top priority,” he said, underlining his commitment to the success of the city’s schools.
On Wednesday, September 14, there will be a community meeting at 6 p.m. at Petersburg High School to go over what’s next for Petersburg Public Schools.
From there, Dr. Newsome will come back to the school board with recommendations for budget amendments on September 21.