- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond Public School officials are proposing closing six schools to bridge the gap between their budget request and the mayor’s proposed spending plan.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1puY83j) reports that the school district had requested an $18 million funding increase in the fiscal year. On Friday, Mayor Dwight C. Jones proposed giving the district level funding in the budget, noting that the district had already received an $11.2 million increase in the current budget year.

The district’s assistant superintendent for financial services, Ralph Westbay, said during Monday’s school board meeting that school officials have settled on $12.6 million in possible budget reduction. One of their options is to close six schools and save $3 million.

He says that the cuts are needed to continue pursuing academic improvements and offer salary increases to some teachers.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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