Community members voice their concerns to Dougherty County school board members about this year's budget.
Tuesday, the board held the first of two public hearings on the proposed $120 million budget for next school year.
They're having to make cuts to fill an 8-million dollar gap. Parents and students spoke out about in support of Albany Early College, which is on the chopping block.
"This budget is not set at this point and we value their input. We need the community to not only offer input about how well the program is working, but also to put solutions on the table, ideas they may have. Because you never know what could come from those ideas," said Robert Youngblood, DCSS board member.
Youngblood says board members are evaluating the effectiveness of all programs in the school system.
The final public hearing is Monday, June 16th at 6pm at the school administration building. The board will meet June 19th at 9am to vote on the final budget.