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DCSS board votes in tentative budget, moves toward public hearings

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County School board voted to approve its tentative $120 million budget.

During Thursday's budget workshop board members received recommendations from staff, which they will review over the next two weeks.

It was standing room only during the meeting in downtown Albany as school board members discussed different options.

Ken Dyer, the Executive Director of Finance & Operational Services, showed board members how they had to fill the $8.1 million gap.

One option being considered is moving the Albany Early College program from ASU to Albany High School and eventually eliminating the program over the next few years. 

Parents and students from Albany Early College showed their support for the program during the meeting. Parents say the program has been tremendously helpful for struggling students.

But school leaders say they don't have the funding for the program like they used to. The program was originally funded through grants and Title I and Title II money. The school system has about $2 million budgeted for Albany Early College.  School leaders say they're allowed to use $500,000 from Title II A to fund the program, but the rest has to come from the general fund.

Public hearings will be held June 10th at noon and June 16th at 6pm. Residents are encouraged to attend the public hearings to address their concerns and offer suggestions.

Board members will meet on June 19th at 9am to vote on the final budget.

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