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Dougherty child nutrition deficit diminishing

December 5, 2007

Albany--  Dougherty County school leaders say they're making great strides in reducing a more than $4 million deficit.

The Finance Committee says poor management of the Universal Free Lunch Program led to the big blow to the budget.

School leaders stopped offering free lunch to all students and in February 2005 began making changes to the way the reduced lunch program is managed. Now the deficit is down to $1.2 million.

"We attribute it to better management, better cost control, actually applying the programs we've set in place and basically that's mostly been achieved by our two child nutrition coordinators Sue Kates and Marianne Tharp," said Finance Director Robert Lloyd.

School leaders originally thought it would take 13 years to get rid of the deficit. They've reduced it significantly in a little more than three and now believe they'll have no deficit by this time next year.  

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