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Charles City County schools make cuts for county deficit

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CHARLES CITY, VA (WWBT) -

Monica Harris' son is a Junior at Charles City County High School. He also plays basketball and for the time being his coach and others in the county are not being paid.

Administrators tell us this year the county is battling a $900,000 deficit. The school system has been tasked with helping make for this short fall... to the tune of $436,000.

School administrators say that coaches and substitute teachers are not being funded for the rest of the school year. Luckily for students sports programs did not have to be cut because coaches have been volunteering their time to keep students happy.

"Its dedication and commitment on their part. It also shows that they loved the children which whom they work with, and to have them voluntarily give up their salaries for coaching the rest of the year speaks volumes for them," Charles City County Superintendent Janet Crawley said.

Parents say taking the money away from the schools is hurting their children and that county supervisors need to find another way.

"You need more student-teacher interaction and to the degree of reducing that ratio, I think you hurt the children in the process of trying to save money," one parent told us.

"We are doing everything that we can. We are managing every dollar we can. We've even been in contact with the county board of supervisors to ask them to consider the challenges these cuts are going to create for the school system," Board Chair Helen Payne-Jones said.

There is already a proposal to cut $850,000 in local funding for next year's budget that may include eliminating at least 6 teaching positions.

"Its just going to be a big dilemma for us because if it's a bigger cut, there are going to be consequences that are felt and will effect the students," Crowley said.

The County Board of Supervisors will be meeting at this building on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the County's Budget for next year.

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