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NORFOLK -- Superintendent Dr. Samuel T. King and Chief Financial Officer Dr. Michael Thornton provided the School Board with a budget update Tuesday night.

In 2014, the school system faces an $18.7 million shortfall, which includes additional expenses such as health insurance premium increases for employees (estimated at $2.6 million) and a proposed 2 percent salary increase for all staff (estimated at $4.6 million).

According to Superintendent King, about 108 full time positions will be cut to help close the gap. The plan is to eliminate those positions by attrition, which means by not filling vacancies. A number of those positions will come from Central Office, secondary and middle schools.

This is the fifth year NPS is facing budget reductions. School officials said mainly in large part to reductions in state funding totaling $27.3 million and by ongoing increases in fixed expenses such as health insurance premiums. Since 2009, 695 staff positions have been eliminated.

Dr. King is scheduled to present his proposed operating budget to the School Board on February 20, and the School Board will hold a public forum about the budget on March 5 at 7 p.m. at Crossroads School, 8021 Old Ocean View Road.

Norfolk Public Schools Budget Outlook
Since 2009: 695 full-time staff positions eliminated
Projection for 2014: 108 full-time staff positions eliminated by attrition, including 63 teachers

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