Campbell County Schools in Need of $5 Million - - ABC13

Campbell County Schools in Need of $5 Million


Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Jemon Haskins

Campbell Co., VA - Huge cuts could be on the way for Campbell County Schools. At Tuesday night's supervisors meeting, Superintendent Dr. Robert Johnson presented the school board's adopted budget. Johnson says they need at least $5 million by June to maintain the current level of services.

School officials say the biggest problem is the loss of state revenue. Johnson says in the last three years they have lost more than $12 million.

"It almost makes me eerie about even sending my children to school because I have a 3-year-old. I've even seriously considered home schooling both of my kids just, so I know they're getting the attention that each and every child I think should have," said Campbell County parent Katelyn Evans.

Evans worries about her children's education.

"I don't think it's going to be a good thing at all," said Evans.

Nothing has been voted on yet, but right now the district is desperate to save money.

"We feel like we've cut everything that we have in the budget without severely hurting our education program," said Johnson.

The budget season began back in December. At that point, the deficit was more than $7 million. The school board was able to shave off about $2 million by cutting nine positions yet to be determined. They also cut technology funds and other expenses. But they are still $5 million in the hole.

Things that we would have to look at if additional revenue did not come out would be things like half-day kindergarten," said Johnson.

Bigger class sizes, consolidated bus routes and reduced or no gym class or music for elementary students are all possibilities.

What about cutting B-team and JV sports?

"No sports? I see on there too? Wow. After school activities? Oh wow. I think a lot of parents will be upset about that too," said Evans.

Now it is time for county supervisors to weigh their options.

"First it could obviously be taxes, it could be reallocating funds, it could be through reserved funds or a combination," said Johnson.

"It would be awful to raise taxes, but if it needs to be done for our children's sake, I think so," said Evans.

Johnson says there is no where else to cut. In the last three years, they have closed two schools and eliminated nearly 130 full time positions.

The school has four parent meetings coming up. All meetings start at 7 p.m.

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