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Schools in Loudoun County are feeling the pinch from a budget shortfall.

After putting off a vote for weeks, the Loudoun County, Va. school board is expected to cast a final vote on a budget Tuesday night. The budget is expected to include some controversial proposals.

The school district is facing an estimated $36 million budget shortfall, and because of that, many school board members are looking for savings beyond what Superintendent Ed Hatrick's budget proposal provides.

Hatrick has proposed a 3 percent cost of living increase of for all employees, but tonight, board members will decide whether it makes more sense to instead offer flat $1,750 raises to all full-time employees.

The board is also expected to decide whether to change the district's definition of full-time employment -- a change there could strip benefits to school bus drivers and some teachers' assistants.

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