Chesterfield school board approves budget

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Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County school leaders have decided how much money they can spend next year.

The school board approved a 2012 budget of $524 million Tuesday night.

This budget is a real give and take -- it includes a 2 percent bonus for all staff, while building in four furlough days.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Superintendent Marcus Newsome said it was the first time in two years he didn't dread the budget.

At $524 million, this budget is $6 million more than last year's and comes after two years of cutting the budget by $80 million at a cost of 500 positions.

This budget sees no cuts to instructional positions but includes nine fewer central office positions and a crack down on overtime pay in the facilities department.

The school board approved the budget in a unanimous vote. It now goes to the county Board of Supervisors review.

The school board also decided to wait a little longer before creating a calendar that would lengthen the school day by 10 minutes, to add a week's worth of staff development days.

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