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Vidalia BOE Eliminates Positions
Thursday, 26 March 2009

March 26--  The Vidalia School Board is looking for ways to make up an estimated $1 million dollar shortfall in its budget due to anticipated state funding reductions.

School Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith, along with other superintendents in the state, is anxiously waiting to learn what Vidalia's allocation of funds will be and that's dependent on final passage of the fiscal year 2010 budget by the state legislature.

In the meantime, the school board Thursday approved elimination of a dozen positions next school year including two instructional facilitators, nine para-professionals and one vocational instructor position.  

The board also accepted eight retirements and three resignations and only plans to replace two of the eleven next school term.

Dr. Smith is hoping that Vidalia's share of any forthcoming federal stimulus money will be enough to rehire the instructional facilitators.

"Right now what were hoping is that if and when the federal stimulus money does get here, we can use some of the money to bring some of these people back," Smith said.

He also advised the school board the possibility remains that local teaching supplements may be withheld next year.

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