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School Board gets little feedback

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The public had little comment on the Dougherty County School System's proposed budget that will cut three days out of the school year and furlough teachers 10 days.

Only a handful of school employees and citizens showed up at a noon budget hearing.

William Wright was the only one who addressed the board. He urged them to look for additional means of revenue.

The system is also losing $2.8 million from the state and narrowly avoided having to layoff employees to balance the budget.

"It may get to a point where we have to find positions that have to be eliminated, we're hopeful that we won't get to that point so far, we've been able to manage it through attrition," said School Board Chairman David Maschke.

Up of 90 percent of the school system's budget is salaries and benefits. The state has allowed the system flexibility with class size. The board hopes to approve the budget next week.

A second public hearing will be held at the Administration Building Wednesday night at 6:00.

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