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Whatley: More cuts may be ahead

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  State cutbacks will cost the Dougherty County Schools another $3.5 million in state money. It's the latest financial blow as the school system tries to figure out how to handle state-ordered furloughs.

The school board expects to make a decision on furloughs next week as teachers return to work.

Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley says announcing a plan to force employees to take three unpaid days off by December isn't the way she wants to start the school year. She says that will make it harder to motivate teachers.

The Dougherty County System previously cut $6 million out of their budget for this school year. In addition to the latest round of cutbacks, Dr. Whatley expects more cuts in January. 

"We were cautioned last week in the call from the Governor that there may be more to come in the second semester," said Whatley.

Whatley said no system has the perfect answers for dealing with the state cuts. She says she's confident will do what's best for students. She plans to meet with groups of teachers Friday to explain the district's response to the furloughs.


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