Chesterfield School Budget Cuts 52-million dollars

By Beth Danziger - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (NBC12) - Mother of four, Bridget Posner, is still keeping a smile on her face even though she's worried about the future for her children's education in Chesterfield.

She says, "This is just devistating news."

Posner has two children in elementary school, one in middle, and another in high school. All *will* most likely feel the affects of a 52-million dollar shortfall.

"It's frustrating to see that our future it's not going to get better," says Posner.

Aaccording to a statement released by the County Superintendent before winter break, the large of estimated shortfall means there will be hard cuts. Some support staff and services will have to go, along with some administrators. And classroom sizes will grow almost immediatly.

Shawn Smith the Chesterfield County Schools Spokesperson says, "Everything is on the table even though no decision has been made at this time."

"It's a fair assumption to say there will be fewer opportunities for student when teachers have higher class loads," says Lois Stanton, Chesterfield Education Association President.

Which means for parents like Posner the future means more work at home when it comes to her kids education. She worries the most about her two in elementary school who will most likely feel the affects of the cuts for years to come.

Posner says, "I'm grateful for my teachers at school and they are doing a great job but you can only ask so much of each one."

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