Richmond city school's shortfall could grow to $23 million

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – From the hallways and buses to the classrooms, everyone will feel the pinch of this year's budget.

"We're at the marrow. When you cut, cut, cut and get into the marrow it involves people and unfortunately we don't want that to happen, but that's a reality," said Richmond Superintendent Yvonne Brandon.

Brandon told teachers and parents today, the school system has at minimum a 14 million dollar budget gap to fill, which could grow by another $9 million if the General Assembly decides to make some key cuts.

"Everything we have is on the table right now. We're discussing furloughs if the budget picture changes drastically layoffs may be a part of it. I'm very, very conscious about the impact of that not only on the economy but on our families," said Brandon.

Brandon says every school employee will have to take an unpaid least one and possibly as many as three. Leaders are looking at reducing contract lengths. Summer school programs may be consolidated and class sizes could increase by at least one student.

"I'm really looking at everything to prevent layoffs to try to keep as many people employed as possible," Brandon said.

Brandon will announce her formal budget recommendation to the School Board at its January 19th meeting.

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