Viewpoint: Schools must live by their budget

A couple of weeks ago, Dougherty County School Board Members put some potentially unpopular money-saving proposals on the table, as they try to prevent a budget shortfall.

But we say more power to them!

The taxpayers who fund their one-hundred fourteen million dollar budget are tightening their belts! Why shouldn't the school system?

And we won't even talk about $4.00 a gallon gas we are buying to get to our jobs-- so we can pay some of the highest property taxes in Georgia.

School board members talked about re-zoning and possibly combining schools.

And they need to, when you consider that school occupancy data shows many schools operating far under capacity.

Built to hold 2,000 students, Albany High School now is a Double-A school. It sits over half-empty, and maybe it's time to close it.

The Dougherty County School System has over twelve hundred administrators, faculty, and staff, to serve about sixteen thousand students. Maybe it's time to reduce that payroll.

Budget cuts won't be popular with folks who work in the system, but the DCSS is not in the business of full employment. It's in the business of educating children, and it needs to do so in the most efficient way possible.

We encourage board members to take heart in the fact that the taxpayer is behind you and your budget axe. Don't be afraid to use it.

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