WJCC schools to prepare for drastic budget cuts

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February 17, 2010

7:53 PM

According to an article in the Daily Press, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools Superintendent Gary Mathews told city, county and School Board officials Tuesday to expect drastic cuts in next week’s presentation of the fiscal year 2011 budget.

With at least $8.6 million in funding cuts expected, Mathews said positions will be eliminated in fiscal year 2011, even more so than in the current year, which saw 32 positions cut through layoffs and attrition to balance the budget.

“The cuts are going to be deep and will impact personnel drastically,” Mathews said. “It’s definitely a step backwards, so brace yourself — it’s going to be difficult.”

Mathews plans to present his proposed budget at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in the conference room of building F at the James City County Government Complex. A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for March 2; the School Board is expected to vote on the budget March 16.

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