ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A budget deficit of more than $1 million has led officials with Isle of Wight County Schools (IOWCS) to instate furloughs of teachers, reduce custodial service, and many other measures.
According to a news release from Kenita Bowers with IOWCS, the system is facing a $1.5 million deficit for the current school year, despite saving just under a million more in deficits with spending freezes.
Last week, the Board of Supervisors gave the schools approximately $750,000.
The Isle of Wight County School Board has given Superintendent Katrise Perera to take the following measures in a last-ditch effort to save money:
- cancel landscaping contracts for the remainder of the school year
- cancel or reduce custodial services for the rest of the school year
- cancel all outstanding purchase orders
- reduce employee pay with 1-12 furlough days
- reduce kindergarten aides as of May 1, 2013
A community meeting was held Monday evening to address the cuts.
"As a school division we are committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of our students," Perera said. "We will continue to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors in an effort to maintain financial stability within our school division."
The school system's Board of Supervisors will be holding an emergency meeting April 25 at 11:30 a.m.
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