Richmond school officials trim $6 million off budget shortfall

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The leadership of the Richmond County school system has whittled a $24.5 million budget shortfall to a shortfall just shy of $18 million, but how to close the rest of the gap is still to be determined.

Several options are being considered, including furloughs. However, even if the school board exercises all of the options presented to them a $10 million shortfall will still remain.

The school board will hold its first discussion of the fiscal year 2010 budget during a special called meeting set for 10 a.m. Monday.

Continue to check AugustaChronicle.com for updates and read the full story about the budget shortfall in this Sunday’s print editions of The Chronicle.

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mad_max
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mad_max 05/14/09 - 03:27 pm
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I'd say we are spending way

I'd say we are spending way too much money trying to educate these little heathens. I wouldn't bet the entire lot of them will produce $24 million worth of income in their entire life. If we would put them back in a school with bare woooden floors, a blackboard and chalk, with a qualified teacher, and a principal with a wooden paddle we might actually teach them to read, write, and do basic math. Those are all things that we are not accomplishing today with our air conditioned palaces, football stadiums, "certified" teachers, and overpaid do nothing adminstrator principals. But the school board feels obligated to spend huge amounts of money to keep up the appearance that we have a funtional school system. It's a joke and everyone knows it. Got nothing to do with the amount of money spent. Got everything to do with quality of the teachers and discipline. Things that the school board won't do anything about because it hits too close to home when you talk about some of these overpaid nannies we call teachers. What we need are straight backed one piece desks, some grumpy old maid teachers, and principals with a wooden paddle or rubber hose. I guarantee the test scores would go up,

East boundary
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East boundary 05/14/09 - 03:37 pm
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who would let a principal hit

who would let a principal hit them?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/14/09 - 04:12 pm
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send the troublemaking,

send the troublemaking, disruptive and otherwise students who don't want to learn back home to their trifling, sorry good-for-nothing parents and eliminate all sprots programs or extra-curricular activities for all under-perfoming schools...i wonder you would think the budget would be balanced if laney and hephzibah did get brand new football stadiums and josey did get a brand new "sports complex" a few years ago..just goes to show that the board of education thinks more of sports that balancing the budget or insuring a quality education

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Craig Spinks 05/14/09 - 04:30 pm
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Does a public school system

Does a public school system with 32K students need 5K employees?

DAMY46
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DAMY46 05/14/09 - 05:54 pm
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About 89% of the budget is

About 89% of the budget is payroll....(Too many employees)...They need to let some people go......

anotherday
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anotherday 05/14/09 - 08:00 pm
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Streamline people!!!!!! I

Streamline people!!!!!! I don't think save for a few I have yet to meet anyone that can do their job without 2 years of paperwork to get it done. BTW, still waiting RCBOE.

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