Charlottesville City Schools may be asking for around a $2 million increase for this year's budget.
The school board met Saturday morning, along with city teachers, for a work session to determine how the funding would be allocated.
This new budget assessment comes shortly after a finding by the Blue Ribbon Commission that city funding for schools may face anywhere from a $2-4 million shortfall.
School board members say several budget obstacles are out of their control.
School board chairman Ned Michie says one of budget obstacle this year is the loss of the Safe Schools, Healthy Students grant. This grant funded bullying prevention and mental health programs.
There is also an increase in the amount teachers contribute to their retirement funds this year due to cuts in state funding.
That means their take-home salaries take a hit.
“Like in our neighboring Albemarle, we would like to give our teachers a raise after having pretty lean years,” Michie said. “We would like to look at a two and a half percent raise.”
The school system is hoping to begin some new programs, including staffing an instructional coach in each school.
The school board will meet again Thursday to continue reviewing the budget.
Members say they may schedule a work session with City Council to get input, something the school board hasn’t done before.
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