To make up a $140 million school system budget deficit, new Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza plans to suggest significant cuts to the budget. Among those suggestions are:
Increasing general education class size by one student: Savings of $19.5 million and would cut 271.5 positions.
Increasing special-education class size: Savings of $6.3 million and would cut 70 positions.
Cut teacher assistants from kindergarten classrooms: Savings of $6.3 million and would cut 419.4 positions.
Cut “Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools” program: Savings of $5.5 million and would cut 62.5 positions.
Cut assistant principal positions: Savings of $1.3 million and would cut 12 positions.
Cut all elementary school instructional assistants: Savings of $10.2 million and would cut 306 positions.
Reduce number of school counselor positions: Savings of $10.2 million and would cut 121.9 positions.
Reduce all employee contracts by one day: Savings of $9.1 million.
Furlough all employees one day: Savings of $7.9 million.
Charge $100 per-student, per-sport athletic participation fee: Revenue of $1.8 million.