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Chesterfield School Programs in Danger of Being Cut

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CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Chesterfield's superintendent wants millions more in funding for schools, but some services are still in jeopardy of being cut.

There are some good things in this budget proposal - and some bad things. In some ways, Chesterfield is still being plagued by the economic downturn from five years ago.

$568,822,300 is how much money will be going to Chesterfield schools for the next fiscal year if Chesterfield Schools Superintendent Marcus Newsome has his way.

"Well, we aren't where we want to be, but because of some very frugal and difficult and courageous decisions that we have made in the past years, we are in a much better position today," he says.

The list of to-dos includes smaller class sizes and a raise for staff.

But even though the district is anticipating $22 million more than the previous fiscal year, they're still short $12 million.

"A $12 million gap is going to be much more difficult to close and realistically, I think we are going to have to make some more cuts to get to that goal," Newsome says.

If the district doesn't get more money from the county and state, things like Drivers Ed could get the ax.

Kerryanne Pikunas has one son who has already taken the course in high school and she's hoping her 15-year-old will get that behind the wheel training as well.

"I think a responsible parent would have them complete a course anyway, so I think it would definitely fall back on the parents and would probably be a bigger expense," she says.

Chesterfield has to wait for state and local officials to approve budgets, and divvy out funding. If chesterfield doesn't get enough money, they'll have to start cutting services and Drivers Ed could be one of those.

 

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