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Federal Funds Could Save Teacher Jobs
Friday, 03 April 2009

April 6-- Nearly $71million in federal funds are heading to schools in Georgia's 12th Congressional District in an effort to lessen the impact of shrinking state revenues for education.

The Vidalia City School System has been looking for a way to make up a $1 million shortfall.  Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith believes the $857,000 from the feds will help avoid some layoffs.  "Well, of course, this is going to prevent us from sending home several people we were afraid we were going to have to due to lack of funds.  We're at our mil cap in Vidalia City Schools of 15 mils so we can't raise any more local money, and apparently we're not getting as much money this years as we did last year from the state coffers.  So, any money which comes down is certainly going to be a big help to us in preserving jobs," he said.

Toombs County School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley says Toombs was facing a $2 million budget defict and the nearly $1.9 in federal assistance will ease the pressure on the budget.  "Those teachers whose positions might not be funded by the state may be given an option to work in a federal program.  That will be good because the teacher ultimately would not lose their job," he said.

Federal allocations to other school systems in the area include nearly $650,000 for Montgomery County, $670,000 for Treutlen, $1,024,000 for Candler, $1,762,000 for Tattnall and $2,511,000 for Emanuel County schools. 


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