Savannah schools cutting 97 teacher jobs

SAVANNAH -- Savannah-Chatham Public Schools administrators have notified 97 teachers that their jobs will likely be cut because of an anticipated $12 million funding gap during the 2011-2012 school year.

The announcement was made just as many schools were celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with gifts, flowers and luncheons for their teaching staff.

"The revenue coming in is not going to be enough," said district spokesman Kurt Hetager. "The teachers were notified that they won't be getting contracts next year. It's on the board agenda for approval."

District administrators are presenting their 2011-2012 budget proposal to the Savannah-Chatham Public School Board today. It calls for balancing a $288,569,969 budget by eliminating 97 teaching jobs, increasing class sizes and modifying the school day to offset local, state and federal revenue reductions. Those reductions, they say, will likely amount to more than $12 million.

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