Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Campbell Co., VA - Campbell County Schools want everyone to know the exact financial challenges they are facing. Wednesday night, the district will hold its first citizen information meeting at Altavista High School to discuss the $5 million deficit for next school year.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Johnson says they will share information with parents on how they got into the financial situation they are in. They will also share data from a few years back on funding for public education. And before it is all over, they hope to hear from the community about what needs to be done to move forward.
The county has lost $12 million of state funding since 2008, something Johnson says has created real issues for public education in Campbell County. He also says there is one issue that has parents a bit nervous.
"The number one concern I've heard is from parents who have students that go to Kindergarten next year because obviously half day kindergarten has been something that's been mentioned as an area that may have to be looked at if the funds don't materialize," he said.
The presentation Wednesday will also include a talk about how inflation has impacted the cost of education. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Altavista High School.