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Only 2 attend School budget public hearing

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The Dougherty County School System is holding public hearings to get community feedback on next year's proposed school budget. Only two people showed up for the noon session.

William Wright and Pre-K education coordinator Carlton Hollis asked the School superintendent and board members questions about the proposed $189 million budget.

That is about the same as last year's total school system budget.   About $700, 000 in reserves will be used. Teachers qualifying for state mandated step raises will get salary increases of 3% to 4%, but all staff members will be furloughed ten days.

Dougherty County School Board Chairman James Bush said  "I have been one, and some other board members, have declared that we are not going to increase the tax digest for income for our school system. We are going to have to live within our means."

The other public hearing about the proposed Dougherty County School budget will get started at 6:00 at the School System administration building on Pine Avenue.

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