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ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

Senate and House members agreed to a final $41 billion budget for Georgia's state funds next year, restoring 10 to 15 days to the Pre-K school year.

Pre-k teachers in Turner County switched to higher grades after the amount of days in the school year were lowered from budget cuts in recent years.

To keep regular schedule, the county picked up funding to keep teachers in school for the previous number of days.

"Don't know whether they'll come back or not, cause there's really no incentive to go back unless that's just where they want to be, but there's certainly an incentive for those who weathered the storm to stay at this point because they're on the same basis with employers in other grades," said Ray Jordan, Superintendent for Turner County Schools.

Kindergarten through 12th grade will also see no additional cuts, but the ones made in previous years will not be lowered.

Officials say for now, they'll take what they can get.

"We've been very pleased that what's been reported to us thus far is that there are no additional cuts in the big part of the budget for us," Jordan said.

But they still have hope that the budget will get better in coming years, so they can provide the funding to their employees as they promised.

"At this point, we're planning. We're hoping for the best but we're planning for the worst," said Jordan.

The document for the budget was sent to Governor Nathan Deal for final approval and Turner County school members won't see their official numbers for another month.

Hope grants for technical college students will also be expanded in this year's budget.

The budget year begins July 1st of this year.

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