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Columbia County might lose more teaching positions next school year even as enrollment is projected to grow.

Tentative plans approved Tuesday by the school board call for eliminating more than 11 teaching positions because of a lack of state funding. The cuts would save the system about $750,000 in payroll expenses, Superintendent Charles Nagle said.

Facing a similar cut in state spending last year, school officials eliminated 100 positions, including about 70 teachers and paraprofessionals, to save about $5.5 million.

Those positions were lost even though the number of pupils grew by more than 500 to an overall student population of nearly 23,000. Nagle said the school system likely will grow by another 500 pupils next school year.

Though there are more pupils, a bump in the maximum class sizes by the state eased the need for more teachers. Class-size limits increased by two pupils this school year, allowing 20 pupils in kindergarten classes, 21 in first through third grades, 28 in fourth through eighth grades and 30 in high school classes.

Nagle has said that he expects a similar increase in the class size threshold next school year, and some officials, including state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox, have advocated letting local systems set their own limits.

"I don't know where we can cut any more or increase class sizes any more," Nagle told the board.

State lawmakers continue to scramble to overcome a deficit of about $1 billion in tax revenue. On Monday, officials announced that tax collections were down 9.9 percent last month from February 2009.

Nagle has said he expects an $8 million cut in state funding for next school year. The system has lost nearly $14 million in state budget cuts in recent years.

Board member Mickie Blackburn voiced her disappointment in state lawmakers' unwillingness to listen to them and said parents should take up the "fight for public education."

"Public education in Georgia is in the worst shape it's been in my lifetime, and I'm getting old," Blackburn said.

Also during the meeting, the school board tentatively set the 2010-11 school calendar.

The proposed calendar establishes Aug. 5 as the start date and includes a week off for Thanksgiving, which was introduced last year to accommodate furlough days.

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galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 03/10/10 - 04:19 am
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Well, my child will be in

Well, my child will be in college. Good Luck! And more parents should home school, those kids are getting a better education!

wildman
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wildman 03/10/10 - 05:23 am
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I know and like Charles Nagle

I know and like Charles Nagle but he needs to cut some at the top and keep teachers in the classroom. How many Assistant Sups do you need?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/10/10 - 06:46 am
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Wildman, besides not making

Wildman, besides not making the cuts you mentioned, I think Nagle is doing the best he can. He's in an awful situation. I think it's time the board of ed starts doing something "out of the box" and begin enlisting corporate help...allow more businesses to advertise wherever possible in the schools...on books, pencils, lockers, balls, jerseys, school signs, etc...all in an effort to bring in "new" money. It'd be a win-win situation. Any parent who complains can be asked for a significant donation toward the deficit. I know a school where a doctor's office sponsored a monthly printing of a school-event calendar that was handed out to every student in the school. You can just imagine that this saved the school alot of money over the year, but it had to stop because a few parents complained about the doctor's office advertising....on the BACK of the calendar! Those parents were fools and hurt the school, imo. Anyway, this extra money would save the school system money for many of the necessary equipment/supplies for the individual schools, thus freeing up money for teaching positions. I think it's a something that should be looked into. And if no other school systems are doing it, who cares? Be the first!

deekster
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deekster 03/10/10 - 07:55 am
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And we could cut of the air

And we could cut of the air conditioners and give everyone a hand held "funeral home fan" which Platt's could add advertising on the back.

deekster
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deekster 03/10/10 - 07:56 am
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We could try teaching instead

We could try teaching instead of baby sitting. We could try discipline instead of entertainment.

deekster
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deekster 03/10/10 - 08:01 am
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High school students used to

High school students used to work in the lunch room, the office and the laundry. It was a win, win situation. But, convicts used to do public works, grow their own vegetables and livestock, as well. We don't want to go back. We must be Progressive. It does not matter that some old ways did work. They did benefit all of society.

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sassylassie 03/10/10 - 01:15 pm
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When are we going to cut back

When are we going to cut back on athletics? I know that is important, but I believe that teachers teaching our children in the classroom is more important that some of the sports that are sponsored. I personally love the sports program, but when you weigh having 28 fourth graders in a classroom against that, I believe the teaching staff should be placed first, and athletics scaled back until later. Perhaps this is where the corporate sponsors should come into play? By sponsoring a football team or a soccer team at the high school or middle school level, for example. This way, the money can be spent for the teachers and the children's education needs.

L-Man
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L-Man 03/10/10 - 01:22 pm
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Football at the high school

Football at the high school level receives no tax dollars. All equipment that is used is paid for by the gate receipts the school takes in. the county pays the people who coach the sports. The school athletic departments also pay for all the officials and transportation fuel and drivers. The athletic department is one of the cheapest departments to run in the county.

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csrareader 03/10/10 - 05:09 pm
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"The proposed calendar

"The proposed calendar establishes Aug. 5 as the start date ..."
For those who missed this at the end of the article, the Board of Education just threw under the bus those families who had made vacation plans based on the original calendar that was published.

Goaliemom1987
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Goaliemom1987 03/10/10 - 07:39 pm
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I checked the CCBOE web site

I checked the CCBOE web site and the Board of Education voted to rescind the proposed calendar for the 2010-2011 school year. The revised calendar will be posted as soon as it is available. It would be nice to let parents know ASAP so they can change or make new plans for vacations.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/10/10 - 08:12 pm
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They voted to rescind the

They voted to rescind the previously posted calendar that had school starting on August 9. The new calendar, voted on last night, has school starting on August 5. Just another fine example of poor planning by our school board. Parents who already have vacations planned based on the old calendar are just out of luck --- and money spent on vacation deposits.

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