Petersburg School Board prepares for city imposed budget cuts

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC)– The Petersburg School Board is expected to consider a proposal to deal with a $3.5M budget cut due to the City of Petersburg’s financial crisis. The changes could include cutbacks in educational programs and a hiring freeze on vacant positions.

Schools are now forced to abandon some plans to improve educational programs as well as technology, and professional development programs. These changes are expected to save the school system $1.9M.

Schools are now forced to abandon some plans to improve educational programs as well as technology, and professional development programs. These changes are expected to save the school system $1.9M. These funds were going to be used to help create smaller class sizes and to purchase classroom supplies.

The proposal also includes leaving 21 vacant positions unfilled.

Parents and people who live in Petersburg say these cuts not only jeopardizes the children’s future but the City of Petersburg as well.

“We have to lay the foundation. If you take that foundation away from them, God forbid what is going to happen to their future, ” said Sharon Johnson.

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“Think beyond where we are right now and plan for the future and invest into those children because it going to be those children that are sitting in these seats that decision makers are sitting in now one day,” Johnson added.

Petersburg City Council members passed the budget cuts with the adoption of their amended budget vote on September 6.

The Petersburg School Board will meet at the Vernon Johns Junior High School Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The school is located at 3101 Homestead Drive.

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