School budget cuts by campus

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Each school is allocated money based on its enrollment to address needs beyond what the central office provides. Schools were asked to cut their budgets by 10 percent. A school-by-school look at what was cut (listed in order from most money cut to least cut):

SCHOOL AMOUNT CUT
Academy of Richmond County $20,394
Cross Creek High School $19,491
Hephzibah High School $18,676
Butler High School $16,244
Glenn Hills High School $15,586
Josey High School $15,083
Westside High School $13,250
Laney High School $9,592
Glenn Hills Middle School $7,088
Hephzibah Middle School $6,742
Spirit Creek Middle School $6,680
Sego Middle School $6,624
John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School $6,393
A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School $6,226
C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School $5,816
Langford Middle School $5,725
Morgan Road Middle School $5,465
Sue Reynolds Elementary School $5,453
Meadowbrook Elementary School $4,726
Deer Chase Elementary School $4,659
Murphey Middle School $4,488
Barton Chapel Elementary School $4,412
Glenn Hills Elementary School $4,264
Tubman Middle School $4,249
Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School $4,243
Lake Forest Hills Elementary School $4,085
Craig-Houghton Elementary School $3,986
Gracewood Elementary School $3,966
Diamond Lakes Elementary School $3,880
Windsor Spring Elementary School $3,844
McBean Elementary School $3,841
Tobacco Road Elementary School $3,737
Goshen Elementary School $3,713
Freedom Park Elementary School $3,644
Willis Foreman Elementary School $3,570
Warren Road Elementary School $3,552
Hephzibah Elementary School $3,542
Tutt Middle School $3,380
Collins Elementary School $3,230
Copeland Elementary School $3,159
Wheeless Road Elementary School $3,148
Rollins Elementary School $3,090
Jenkins-White Elementary School $3,089
East Augusta Middle School $3,005
Hains Elementary School $2,810
Jamestown Elementary School $2,724
Bungalow Road Alternative School $2,718
Southside Elementary School $2,663
Lamar Elementary School $2,511
Terrace Manor Elementary School $2,499
Monte Sano Elementary School $2,452
A. Brian Merry Elementary School $2,397
Blythe Elementary School $2,366
Milledge Elementary School $2,107
Bayvale Elementary School $2,090
Hornsby Elementary School $1,970
Garrett Elementary School $1,767
National Hills Elementary School $1,690

Source: The Augusta Chronicle analysis of Richmond County Board of Education records

A school-by-school breakdown of the cuts, what they will include and the principal's thoughts (schools listed alphabetically):

A. BRIAN MERRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,397


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No specifics were made available.


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school might need to lean on the PTA a bit more.

ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $20,394


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Classroom supplies, such as paper


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: Students will need to take more notes, and teachers will need more PowerPoint presentations.

A.R. JOHNSON HEALTH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $6,226


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? School supplies, staff development and travel, including a magnet school conference


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school and its PTSA will conduct more fundraisers.

BAYVALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,090


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Cuts are being offset with other income, such as grants and community partnerships.


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: There hasn't been a "big hit" financially.

BLYTHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,366


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Money will be moved around if any part of the budget comes up short.


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "There's always been enough money for what the children need."

BUNGALOW ROAD ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,718


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Computers for a computer lab so students can complete online course work and remain on track to graduate.


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: There's no one "more needy than us."

BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $16,244


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? A couple of classroom computers, software and classroom supplies


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "We all felt it, but it wasn't a show stopper."

CRAIG-HOUGHTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,986


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No cuts


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The PTA has helped the school.

CROSS CREEK HIGH SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $19,491


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Instructional supplies for teachers; copies; a two-way radio for the principal; memberships for clubs, including National Honor Society, Beta and student council; and postage, meaning more letters will be sent home with students, rather than mailed


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "It's like having a big family with a small house."

DEER CHASE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $4,659


WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No cuts


PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The PTA "picks up the slack" and helps purchase recess equipment, audio and visual aids and computers.

EAST AUGUSTA MIDDLE SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,005

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Nothing specifically is being cut.

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: You must "go with the flow" until more resources are available.

GARRETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $1,767

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No specific cuts

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "If it's affecting us, I'm not feeling it right now."

GLENN HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $4,264

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Instructional supplies and one computer

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "We just have to tighten our belt to make cuts where we can."

GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $15,586

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Paper and software

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: Cuts were made where the school thought it could get by.

GOSHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,713

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Money is being held back should something come up.

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "We're going to do what we have to do whether or not we have the materials."

GRACEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,966

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No cuts

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school has been "blessed" and has been frugal.

HAINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,810

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Computers and educational software

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The cuts will affect student learning.

HEPHZIBAH HIGH SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $18,676

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? New and replacement computers for students and teachers

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: Some of the school's computers are "getting feeble."

HEPHZIBAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,542

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Four computers

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school is "very short" on computers and the PTA has already provided many things.

HEPHZIBAH MIDDLE SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $6,742

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Computers

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school is fortunate to have devoted parents.

JAMESTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,724

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Copies and posters

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school is OK right now, but money for copies and posters could be affected at a later time.

JENKINS-WHITE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,089

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No cuts

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: Cuts were offset with Title I and grant money.

JOHN S. DAVIDSON FINE ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $6,393

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? SchoolPads, electronic tablets for the classroom

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: It was going to be tight to purchase them even before the budget cuts.

JOSEY HIGH SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $15,083

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Office supplies

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: Josey isn't doing without; it's doing with less.

LAKE FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $4,085

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? One or two computers

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The cuts added to the school's crunch to buy computers.

LAMAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,511

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Office supplies, such as paper and ink cartridges.

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school's media specialist has been trained as a grant writer which has already brought in additional revenue.

LANGFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $5,725

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Technology, such as interactive boards and laptops with projectors

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school will need to get money other ways, including through grants.

MEADOWBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $4,726

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Four replacement computers

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The cuts aren't "devastating," but do have an impact.

ROLLINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,090

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Computers and supplies, although money from other accounts will offset the cuts.

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school "could definitely use" the money, but it is doing what it must do for the county.

SEGO MIDDLE SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $6,624

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Travel for professional development

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The cuts avoided "anything that directly impacted student achievement."

SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,663

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? The media center and out-of-town travel for the principal.

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The cuts were made to avoid affecting the classroom, and funds were moved around to cover the cost of Promethean boards.

SUE REYNOLDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $5,453

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Travel for teachers to go to conferences and office supplies

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "We are the largest (elementary) school, so we are going to have the largest cuts."

TERRACE MANOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $2,499

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Copies and supplies for the classroom

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: Less money means less spending in the classroom.

TUTT MIDDLE SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,380

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Paper and copies

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school will be "frugal" by reducing and reusing paper, but will avoid cuts that affect the classroom.

WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $13,250

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Replacement textbooks, teacher supplies and technology

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: No one will do without because the school has other sources of income, such as rental fees, the PTO and boosters.

WHEELESS ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,148

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Some of the "extras," such as test preparation materials as an example.

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "We basically have the stuff we need."

WILKINSON GARDENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $4,243

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No specific cuts

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: "It really didn't affect us drastically."

WILLIS FOREMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,570

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? No effect

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school planned "conservatively" and is able to absorb the cuts.

WINDSOR SPRING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TOTAL AMOUNT CUT: $3,844

WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE? Computers and digital cameras

PRINCIPAL'S THOUGHTS: The school system's technology plan should offset the cuts.

THE FULL STORY

Get the full story on the Richmond County school budget cuts:


Ten percent cuts part of shortfall solution


Official says obstacles can be overcome


Budget cuts:


By Department (Amount of cuts and impact)

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Thefuturist
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Thefuturist 12/16/07 - 07:39 am
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we would not have to cut our

we would not have to cut our school budget, the budget that helps educate our youth, if the war money that our illustrious government spends would stay here in america.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 12/16/07 - 08:03 am
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Yeah, then we would be

Yeah, then we would be learning arabic.

class1
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class1 12/16/07 - 08:33 am
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They need to put the

They need to put the Augmented Teachers back into the classroom to save some more money. Also, why do some schools have a Reading First Teacher and they are not a Reading First School anymore? Who is paying for that?

teach1
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teach1 12/16/07 - 08:37 am
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I saw a great bumpersticker

I saw a great bumpersticker once that has stuck with me through the years. 'Imagine a world where the public schools could get all the money they needed and the air force had to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber'

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/16/07 - 08:42 am
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The U.S. spends more on

The U.S. spends more on education than any country in the world,yet we rank low in education as even some developing countries are better educated. Maybe money is not the problem.

tchnga
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tchnga 12/16/07 - 10:15 am
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It makes mo sense to have a

It makes mo sense to have a blanket budget cut across the district. There are school such as ARC and Cross Creek that gained students while Glenn Hills and Butler lost students. Take a little more money away from the schools that lost more students and let the schools that are 1400 students and more keep the money that is desperatelyneeded.

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Augusta resident 12/16/07 - 10:21 am
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Those principals don't seem

Those principals don't seem too concerned about it.

luckie
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luckie 12/16/07 - 10:26 am
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To class 1 and tchnga. I

To class 1 and tchnga. I agree with both of you. The augmented teachers is a big waste of money and program is not being ran correctly. As for populations go, yes it should not be the same cuts. If you look and read, Sue Reynolds principal said they got hit harder because they are the largest school. Maybe the cuts were not done evenly. If you look at the two new elementary schools that took hundreds of students from Willis Forman, Jamestown and Tobacco Road, they should not have been cut at all. THey are new schools. The losing schools should have cleaned out their cabinets and sent some art supplies to the lower grades. They don't have paint, brushes, paper, or other crafts that lend to initiate creativity in the smaller children.

better govt
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better govt 12/16/07 - 10:35 am
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Just a thought...You could

Just a thought...You could always home school... Then who cares what budgets they cut!!!. I can do a better job educating my kids with no money from the goverment because I LOVE MY KIDS and they don't. It is that simple.

tchnga
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tchnga 12/16/07 - 01:09 pm
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better...I love all my

better...I love all my students, even the ones who cause me to have gray hair at a young age, and do what I feel is my best to not only teach them what the state requires me to but also help guide them to be the best person they can. I know my students won't all grow up to be doctors, lawyers, etc but if they are productive citizens and able to take care of their families and themselves, then I have done my job. Some people aren't able to home school their children and must rely on the public school system. Instead of making a statement like you did, why not help fix what is broken in the public schools. I bet your doctor and your childrens' doctor went to public school.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 12/16/07 - 02:57 pm
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Not one mention of any cuts

Not one mention of any cuts in sport programs and many cuts for computers. Upon graduation what is more important, knowing how to play football or a strong understanding of computer skills?

mar_1081
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mar_1081 12/16/07 - 04:51 pm
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The 10% budget cuts across

The 10% budget cuts across the board do make sense since the budgets are based on the population of the school! So, if a school lost more students their budgets would decrease.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 12/16/07 - 05:10 pm
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My question would be, what

My question would be, what about the safety of the kids in middle and High schools? I have heard of gang fights, knife fights, and some rapes happening, but nothing was ever concluded about the safety of the kids. So why won't they take a reduced pay at the Board of Education and cut their own offices with this as well?? If the schools suffer, I would think that this would also directly affect the Board of Education on their cuts too.

gcap
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gcap 12/16/07 - 09:24 pm
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My question is this: Why do

My question is this: Why do you think all those folks moved to Columbia County? Another question: When are the students of Richmond County going to get the support of parents -- TWO parents? Yet another question: When will the Richmond County BOE require their teachers to be competent? There are lots of questions about education in Richmond County. One question is easy to answer. Why? I'll tell you why. Charles Larke. My mother taught school in Richmond County for 33 years and said he was "dumb as a brick." Better require great education and good work ethic for Richmond County teachers or we'll start calling the BOE the "Brickyard."

ConsiderThis
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ConsiderThis 12/16/07 - 10:02 pm
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If you read the entire story,

If you read the entire story, you would find that sports were cut as part of the departmental cuts.

justus4
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justus4 12/17/07 - 05:18 am
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These numbers are all
Unpublished

These numbers are all interesting, but what is the BOE staff attorney's salary? The article is fotter for losers and an attempt by media to "oversee" RCBOE spending. PS. When will the Columbia Co list of school budgets run?

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