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MCSD looking to make-up $30 million SPLOST shortfall

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Muscogee County School District is lacking $30 million from the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST.

Board Chair Cathy Williams says right now this is just an estimate and the board is working with Interim Superintendent John Phillips to figure things out.

"We are going to get all the information from Dr. Phillips at a special work session probably within the next 4-6 weeks to really look at and drill down what we anticipate what we really will get from the SPLOST proceeds and what we can do with that money," Williams said.

Williams says the budget shortfall won't affect current and ongoing projects like the new Carver High School, and the new Aaron Cohen Middle School in Midland. Additions to several middle and high schools that were approved Monday night also won't be affected.

This goes for a new middle school that will be built in South Columbus on the site near the old Baker High School.

"On this SPLOST there were two elementary schools and one we are taking off because we didn't realize the growth in the school district that we had expected," said Interim Superintendent John Phillips.

Phillips also says the economy is to blame and cutting projects that have yet to be started will help the school board save money.

"That may be the one school that we can use to help save the money we need to finish the other priorities," Phillips said.

A plan the board is exploring is closing Cusseta Road and Muscogee Elementary Schools and moving students into a new school.

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