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Toombs Schools Looking for Money
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

March 17-- The Toombs County school system is looking for ways to make up  an estimated $2 million shortfall in its fiscal year 2010 budget.

School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley says teaching positions which are vacated by retirements won't be refilled.  He says 16 such positions have already been identified for a savings of $915,177.00, and he expects a few more to come open by the time contracts for next year are signed by April 15th.

Dr. Brantley says other savings are also in the works and include:

* $200,000 by not refilling positions vacated by retirements in the school system's central office.

* $225,000 by withdrawing local supplements paid to teachers.

* $200,000 by eliminating career choice courses at the middle school.

* $250,000 by eliminating an outside contract to run the system's alternative school. 

He reports other savings have already been instituted by eliminating music classses in the schools and by starting seven-period class days at the high school and middle school.  Also, the system is saving some money on transportation since the price of fuel has come down.

The superintendent won't know for sure how much state funding the system will get until the legislature finishes the fiscal year 2010 budget before it adjourns in a few weeks. 

He's also concerned that the amount of local tax dollars may decrease if the local tax digest goes down due to declining home prices.

He expects to have a final budget for approval by the school board in June.

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