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Dougherty Co. Schools to reduce force, blame budget woes

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Leaders with the Dougherty County School System have announced a reduction in force as it fights an ongoing budget battle.

At least nine teachers will not have their contracts renewed according to Superintendent Dr. David Mosely.

According to a report by the system Monday, administrators are considering a combination of reducing programs and positions, changing how non-instructional areas are managed, and improving efficiency of master schedules to optimize class size across the system.

DCSS has not received its official state allotment for fiscal year 2015, Quality Basic Education funding is expected to be approximately $200,000 more than for fiscal year 2014. But teacher retirement, required salary steps, furlough days reduction, and other factors combine for an estimated $8.3 million in increased expenses.

"The issues the administration is addressing are an accumulation of things going back several years," said DCSS chief financial officer Kenneth Dyer. "During those times there was enough money to maintain the excess staff. When that luxury was no longer available, it was decided to implement 10 furlough days; but, there comes a time when you have to address the root cause of the problems. And that is what we are attempting to do."

Dyer also reported that the review process was ongoing and other staffing and program changes may be recommended.

This is a developing story. Stay with WALB for the latest.

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