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Montgomery School Board Cuts Jobs
Monday, 24 January 2011

January 24--  The Montgomery County school board is cutting next year's budget and hiring its second interim school superintendent in less than a month.

At a called meeting Monday night, the board accepted the resignation of Reggie Roberts as interim superintendent at the end of the month and hired a former Laurens County school superintendent as interim superintendent through the end of June.

ImageDr. Larry Daniel says, "My goal is to come in here, look things over, talk with the board, lead a team effort, talk with the staff about how things are going and make things better.  We can't make things better if we don't try.  

"How can we save money, move ahead and educate these children.  That's the main objective, to educate these children."

The school board voted to eliminate five positions to save $223,133.00 next school year.  Included are a teacher support specialist at the middle school and high school, the graduation coach at the high school, a teacher support specialist and an administrative position at the elementary school, and a job at the district office.

School board chairwoman Deloris James says more cuts may be coming in next year's budget, and the board is looking for ways to solve a cash flow problem anticipated in the Spring.  

"Our financial situation is so bad right now that we're looking at cuts for 2011-12 school year, but we're also asking Dr. Daniel to go ahead and look at things that may be done right away to build our general fund," James said.

Dr. Daniel's resume says he brought the Laurens County school system from  deficit spending to a balanced budget and a $1.5 million dollar surplus before he resigned in 2005 due to cancer from which he is fully recovered.

He's no stranger to Mount Vernon.  Dr. Daniel got his associate degree from Brewton Parker in 1973 and is on the executive board of the college's School of Education.

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