Charlottesville City Schools are getting to work on the budget for the 2014-2015 school year.
They held a work session Friday to start putting together the nuts and bolts of the spending plan. One big focus is the effects of changes to the Virginia Retirement System. Costs have gone up, and now schools are left to find the money to make up the difference.
Charlottesville schools will also consider how to fund initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math.
"As we increase our efforts to STEM, we're going to have to pay for teachers and the new labs. So, we're going to see how that's going to impact the budget as well,” said Juandiego Wade, chair of the school board.
The school board says there is much more work to be done, and it’s still gathering information from state and local governments, as well as the public, before finalizing the budget.
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