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Vidalia BOE Makes More Budget Cuts
Thursday, 30 July 2009

July 30--  The Vidalia school board approved a new school budget Wednesday in response to a state cut in funding of nearly $465,000.

School Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith says the cuts were made without anyone losing their job involuntarily.  

"The first thing we did was take 50 percent of the operating budget from every school and the central office, things like paper and such.  Then we went through with our lead administrators in every school and found another $61,000 in odds and ends, and we had another para-pro resign which we won't be replacing.  With all of that, we got it down to within $53,000 of having the budget balanced," he said.

The school board is withdrawing $53,000 from its $1.6 million in reserves to balance it's budget.  However, Dr. Smith expects more cuts to come in January when the legislature reconvenes.  He says that could me more teacher days without pay.

The school board has approved three days without pay between now and the end of December.  The days are a pre-planning day August 4th, a student-teacher holiday October 23, and two half-days on December 17th and 18th. 

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