Muscogee County School District superintendent Susan Andrews sent out a letter to all employees addressing a potential $18 million cut to the school system for the 2010-2011 school year.
"We have been cutting positions at both the Central Office and the school level as individuals resign or retire and we have not replaced personnel in dozens of vacant positions. We have cut state-paid travel, reduced field trips, and delayed textbook adoptions. We have cut the budget of every department in the school district. With the additional $18 million dollars of cuts for next year we are now at a critical time when we have to look for deeper cuts," she writes in the letter.
The letter also includes a recommended list of cuts to make up for the $18 million shortfall. The recommendations were compiled from suggestions from around the district.
Proposed cuts include changing school start times, consolidating students at Benning Hills Elementary with Muscogee Elementary, eliminating the year-round programs at Ridgon Road and Georgetown elementaries, eliminating the evening school program, reducing positions at the central office through attrition and a hiring freeze, eliminating non highly-qualified paraprofessionals and restructuring the calendar so that employees work ten fewer days.
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For a complete list, click on the link with this article to Andrews' letter.