CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council is allocating nearly half a million dollars to add six teachers to the public school system.

Monday night councilors approved a reallocation of $468,000 in Charlottesville City Schools funding in order to hire six gifted-certification elementary school teachers.

These new hires are part of the school system's first steps toward its goal of a revamped gifted education program that is more equitable for students of all backgrounds.

In other business, council will soon hear from an outside consultant regarding a year-long study of disproportionate minority contact in the criminal justice system.    

The city's Department of Human Services was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department Of Criminal Justice Services to launch this study.

Council reallocated $55,000 of that grant funding to pay MGT Consultants. That group is expected to present its findings to council by the end of the summer.