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Lynchburg Schools Superintendent Hopeful Budget Will Receive City Support

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Lynchburg, VA - As the budget battles brew in Washington and Richmond, Lynchburg City Schools are working towards finalizing theirs as well.

There is not nearly as much fighting or contention over their budget though.

The Lynchburg City School Board held a public hearing on their proposed budget Tuesday night.

Lynchburg City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand had his fingers crossed that Richmond lawmakers can come to a consensus.

More than 40% of the city schools' nearly $40 million budget relies on funding from the state. In this year's budget proposal, the school board is requesting an additional $723,000 from city council, much of which will go to 2% pay increases for all school staff.

The next hurdle for school administrators and the school board is getting council to sign off on their proposal.

Brabrand said Tuesday though that he remains optimistic the city will sign off on it.

"Our employees like their employees have gone through several years with little or no raises. Last year we were able to give everybody a 3% both in the city and the schools. What I'm excited about though is the additional request of money we've asked for from the city this year; $723,000 is the lowest increase we've asked for in years" he said.

A school system budget will be finalized following final funding numbers from the state and city. Brabrand expects that will happen around May.

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