Muscogee Co. schools asked to cut additional $18M

By Laura Ann Sills – email

COLUMBUS, GA  (WTVM) – News Leader 9 has learned the state of Georgia asked the Muscogee County School District to cut $18 million from its 2010-2011 budget.

The district was also informed by the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget that $4 million will be cut from this year's budget. 

Additional reductions in Employer Health Insurance rate for 3 months, Nursing services, and 3 days salary were some of the suggestions.

No vote was taken on Monday.  Superintendent Susan Andrews wants to open community conversation for suggestions.

Once this year's budget is finalized, the board will have to deal with an expected $ 18 million cut from next year's budget. 

Dr. Andrews sent a letter to employees about how the school district may implement these cuts.

At a scheduled work session Monday night the district discussed the letter and the suggestions. 

Reducing the school calendar by 10 days (5 student days and 5 employee days), closing Benning Hills Elementary, and changing school start times in order to better tier the transportation system are all possibilities.

Dr. Andrews admitted that class sizes would also be reviewed.

Public hearings will be held to discuss this topic further.

News Leader 9 obtained a copy of the letter that was sent to all MCSD employees in reference to the budget cuts.

Click here to read the letter.

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