Hundreds of potential layoffs for Richmond Public Schools

Published: Jan. 23, 2013 at 4:31 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2013 at 4:42 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of employees, including teachers, could be laid off this year if the Richmond School Board passes the superintendent's budget proposal.

Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon gave her budget presentation to the School Board Tuesday night, in a meeting that stretched long into the night.

The Richmond School System is facing a $11.6 million shortfall, which makes this the second consecutive year the school division has faced steep cuts.

In the presentation, Dr. Brandon recommended outsourcing maintenance jobs, security positions and transportation. That would mean more than 500 potential layoffs in facilities, security and transportation services. The move would save the school district $4.1 million.

A spokeswoman told NBC12 it is possible that if the services were privatized, the employees would be employed by the outside company.

65 teaching positions could be eliminated through attrition. That means there could be no layoffs but instead, vacant positions would not be filled.

However, it would mean bigger classrooms for teachers. Fourth and fifth grade teachers would have 24 to a classroom. The move would save the school district $3.1 million.

The school board has until February 15 to vote on Dr. Brandon's budget proposal.

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