Henrico makes cuts to fill $8.5 million school funding gap

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Facing a funding gap of $8.5 million that could grow to $10 million, Henrico school leaders today unveiled a proposed budget for 2011-2012.

The plan includes cutting 37 full-time positions through attrition, and various non-personnel cuts including the renegotiation of laptop computer contracts.

District leaders emphasized that school priorities have not changed, and the cuts are expected to have minimal impact on instruction and staff positions. While there are no layoffs included in the budget, employees will not receive a raise for the third consecutive year.

The $8.5 million gap is a small fraction of the overall $401 million budget. Planning began in the summer of 2010, unlike previous years in which the budget process begins in the fall.

The proposal was created after district leaders solicited input from school administrators, teachers, parents, and students.

The budget is subject to school board approval and likely will change based on state budget actions taken at the General Assembly.

Stay with NBC12 for the latest information as the budget continues to take shape.

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