Community Panel Presents Report on Charlottesville Schools

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A report has a dire prediction for Charlottesville schools. It estimates a huge funding gap in the years to come.

Charlottesville City Council and the school board met Tuesday night at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center with a community panel to discuss the state of school funding.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainable School Funding presented its findings after five months of working on the report. It estimates the school will face a $2 million to $4 million funding gap each year.

The group laid out both short- and long-term options to help fill that gap, including possibly closing an elementary school, increasing meal taxes, and adjusting tuition charges for out-of-district students.

"I thought they did a good job of actually presenting options that provide more revenue and, as well as options that would save money, would be cutting the budget,” said councilor Dede Smith.

The report should give City Council a better idea of what its role will be in closing any potential funding gap.

No decisions were made Tuesday night; it was simply a chance for discussion and to narrow down options as the city heads into the budget process.

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