Toombs School Superintendent Plans for Budget Shortfall
Monday, 22 March 2010

March 22--  Toombs County school officials are planning on some major changes to save money next school term.

School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley expects an additional cut in state funds this year estimated at $534,000.  He says the only option to make it up this late in the school year is to withdraw the money from the school system's $1.6 million dollar reserve fund.

However, next year he's anticipating a $1.6 million dollar deficit which would wipe out all reserves unless he can find some money elsewhere.

Dr. Brantley says he will save $200,000 by wearing two hats and by eliminating the school system's curriculum director.  Dr. Brantley plans to be both the school superintendent and the Toombs County High School principal upon the retirement of Gail Clark at the end of this school term.  He also will save state funds by transferring the curriculum director to become the system's federal program coordinator which is funded by federal dollars.

Another $40,000 can be saved by closing down the school system's central office and having the employees work out of existing school buildings.  And if absolutely necessary, Dr. Brantley projects $157,000 could be saved by reducing the local supplements paid to teachers with advanced qualifications.

And a Toombs County school board member told the March meeting of the school board he is not seeking re-election.  Luther Caraway completes eight years on the board at the end of the year.

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