School board takes no action on 2010 budget

Monday, May 18, 2009 8:25 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:23 PM
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All options are on the table as the Richmond County Board of Education wrestles with what remains of a $24.5 million projected budget shortfall.

The board held its first budget hearing this morning, but declined to remove anything from a list of cost-savings measures, which include pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs.

The board will reconvene at 4 p.m. Tuesday to continue its talks. A final budget must be approved by the end of June and would go into effect July 1.

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mad_max 05/18/09 - 09:57 am
"This is the first time in at

"This is the first time in at least 23 years that the board will be presented with an unbalanced budget".........And that is because the school board and the tax assessor have been beating the RC taxpayer like a rented mule for the last 25 years. It's about time the school board actually gets some practice at CUTTING spending instead of going to the taxpayer well for another refill. Get used to it school board. The taxpayer well is dry and will be for quite a while. Better make some LONG term cuts and learn to live with what you have now because it ain't gettin' no better for a long time. If we had an honest tax assessor's office the property values would be much lower than what they claim and you would really be in a hurt. Shiny new school buildings and overpaid administrators do not educate children. But for our school board, just like our mayor and commissioners, all that glitters is gold. It's too much work and takes too much courage to ferret out poor performing teachers and administrators but it's easy to approve building ANOTHER new school and say "look what we did for our children". Yeh, they can't read, write and speak a coherent sentence but they sure got nice schools.

wise ole man
wise ole man 05/18/09 - 12:45 pm
RCBOE is looking to cut

RCBOE is looking to cut teachers?! THere is so much fluff in RC it isn't even funny. How much does that spokesperson make a year? Probably more than 3 teachers. CCBOE has been working since January to find ways to cut the budget without affecting the real workers of education- the teachers.

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