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Fairfax County Public Schools facing $140 million budget deficit

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The new schools superintendent in Fairfax County is proposing dramatic reductions to address an estimated $140 million budget deficit.

Karen Garza met with members of the school board in a meeting where she recommended furloughs, eliminating some teacher positions, cuts that could affect custodians, clerical positions and even assistant principals.

It is a major budget crisis in a school district facing increasing costs due to contributions to teacher retirements, new health insurance premiums and a reduction in state revenue.

A $100 per sport user fee is one item being discussed. Some parents we spoke to at Falls Church High School said there was a $100 student athletic fee several years ago, which some parents found to be a hardship.

Students on the freshman football team said they thought it would discourage students from going out for sports. One student on the volleyball team said she thought officials should reduce the proposed fee to $25.

One parent said he thought the dramatic budget cutting seemed "a little ridiculous" in one of the richest counties in the nation. Mike Jones said he thinks the county government should look for more efficient ways to cut costs "instead of wasting our tax dollars like they typically do."

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