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Vidalia BOE Looking for Money
Wednesday, 12 May 2010

May 12--  The Vidalia school board needs to find about $380,000 in order to balance its budget in fiscal year 2011.

At Tuesday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith said at least ten furlough days will be taken by all employees next school term in an effort to avoid job cuts and elimination of programs like music and art.  He estimates the school board's reserve fund will be about $888,000.  In the past, it was more than $3 million.

He's planning to present a budget recommendation and school calendar at a called meeting of the Vidalia school board Thursday, May 20 at eleven a.m.

Meanwhile, he confirms that Assistant Principal Ginger Morris is being named the new principal at Sally Meadows Elementary School to succeed retiring principal Cheryl McGowan.

Mrs. McGowan has been out of school since last Fall when her daughter was paralyzed in a wreck.  She's been the Sally Meadows Principal for the past 15 years and is ending a 36-year career in education.  She also has concerns about public education and is not optimistic.  

"There are just so many changes occurring so fast now regarding funding and lack of funding and not really knowing what will be funded, and there are a lot of other constraints that go with it, so it's a tough job," she says. 


Retirees Recognized by School Board Tuesday Night

(bottom L-R) Lluuanna Wright, Bus Driver 22 years; Cindy Riddles, Spec Ed Teacher 31 years; Barbara Brinson, School Nutrition 22 years; Cheryl McGowan, SDM Principal 36 years; Hilda McKenzie, Spec Ed Teacher 27 year

(top L-R) Gary Caraway, Transportation Director; Garrett Wilcox, VCHS Principal; Carol Welch, JDD Principal; Ginger Morris SDM Assistant Principal; Gwen Warren, JRT Principal




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