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Vidalia Schools Facing $1M Deficit
Thursday, 14 March 2013

March 14--  The Vidalia City School System is facing a $1 million shortfall in its operating budget next year.

School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox briefed the school board at its March meeting Tuesday night.

The school system has suffered a $2.5 million budget reduction in the last seven years and has eliminated over 40 jobs during that period.

Most of the cuts were made when people retired and their jobs weren't filled, however, Dr. Wilcox is afraid other jobs will be impacted in the new budget.

"We hope not.  Most of those jobs in the past went by the wayside by attrition, and we'll have several more this year with folks retiring, but we're probably at the point now that attrition won't get us to that $1 million number and that's the sad part of all this.

"We don't have any choice but to protect our core curriculum.  The staff has met and we've started the process.  We're all aware of what it means to make these cuts and what it means to the school system and who we are moving forward.

"The worst part is that the kids suffer from all this.  There are some programs that the kids hold dear and the parents hold dear that will have to be considered as we try to come up with this money," he said.

The school system's reserve has dropped from more than $3 million two years ago to $1.2 million now.

The school board authorized Dr. Wilcox to use $200,000 of that to help meet next year's shortfall.  He says the monthly payroll for the system is about $1 million.

The school board is expected to get recommendations on how to deal with the $1 million shortfall in May or June, Dr. Wilcox reports.

The state has reduced funding to the school system by nearly $12 million since 2003.

AUSTERITY REDUCTION:

 

 

 

CUMMULATIVE

YEAR

AMOUNT

TOTAL

2003

 $        219,429.00

 $        219,429.00

2004

 $        459,891.00

 $        679,320.00

2005

 $        539,755.00

 $    1,219,075.00

2006

 $        539,750.00

 $    1,758,825.00

2007

 $        261,489.00

 $    2,020,314.00

2008

 $        214,164.00

 $    2,234,478.00

2009

 $        802,372.00

 $    3,036,850.00

2010

 $    2,092,217.00

 $    5,129,067.00

2011

 $    1,646,892.00

 $    6,775,959.00

2012

 $    1,738,431.00

 $    8,514,390.00

2013

 $    1,739,191.00

 $  10,253,581.00

2014

 $    1,739,191.00

 $  11,992,772.00

 

Meanwhile, the price of school lunches will go up slightly next year because of state guidelines.  The price will increase a dime for all students except those who qualify for reduced lunch prices.

 

 
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