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DCSS board members hold final budget hearing

Ken Dyer Ken Dyer

Dougherty County school board members will hear from the public about the proposed budget Monday, June 16th at 6pm in the school administration building.

This is the second and final public hearing on the proposed $120 million budget for next school year.

Board members are looking for ways to fill an $8 million gap and are looking for suggestions from taxpayers.

"We took the comments made at the last public hearing and of course we incorporated some of those into our budget discussion with the individual board members and with the superintendent. We're going to take the feedback from this meeting and do the same thing and hopefully by Thursday morning have good recommendations to put together," said Ken Dyer, the DCSS Director of Finance.

One of the controversial ideas is to move and slowly phase out Albany Early College. Some parents and student have spoken out, trying to make sure it stays open.

"As it was originally intended, grant funds were taking care of all of the expenses. Those grant funds were cut last year and we actually took funds out of our reserves last year to sustain it this year, with the hopes of trying to get some clarification for the grant funding, to see if the grant funding would be able to support it. We've come to the conclusion that that would not be the case. So now we have to make a more permanent decision regarding that program," explained Dyer.

Board members will vote on the final budget Thursday, June 19th at 9am.

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