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Parents and students voice their concerns at school budget hearing

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Chris Rapley, Parent Chris Rapley, Parent
Kenneth Dyer, DCSS Executive Director for Finance and Operations Kenneth Dyer, DCSS Executive Director for Finance and Operations
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County School board members could vote on next year's budget this week, but they still haven't figured out how to close a $8 million gap.

They heard from concerned parents at the second and final hearing on the proposed $120 million budget for next school year. They're considering phasing out the Albany Early College program.      A lot of students and parents showed up to encourage them not to do that.

"Everything is on the table right now," said Kenneth Dyer, DCSS Executive Director for Finance and Operations. "Everything is up for discussion, and we'll see what those discussions lead to."

"Albany Early College is a positive light to the Dougherty County School System, so I really think we need to think about it and they need to think about it," said Chris Rapley, Parent.

 Supporters gave board members a petition with more than thousand signatures from people who want to keep the program. The board could vote Thursday and must pass a new budget by the end of the month.

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