School budget cut recommendations

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) –A large and passionate crowd packed into Carver High School's auditorium tonight for the second of two public forums on the proposed budget cuts for Muscogee County Schools.

  • Ten fewer work days for all employees.  This would include five fewer student days and five fewer in-service/employee days – saves $10 million
  • Reducing positions both at the Central Office and school level through a hiring freeze and through attrition.  Hiring of classroom positions will be determined by reviewing class sizes and using rations – saves $2.5 million.
  • Delaying textbook adoption.  We would budget for textbook replacement and move to the use of more digital content – saves $1.5 million
  • Eliminating non-highly qualified paraprofessionals.  Assign one paraprofessional to every two first grade classes – saves $450,000
  • Eliminate year-round school calendars in the two schools and one program using this schedule and returning those schools to a tradition calendar – $50,000
  • Eliminate the Evening School Program and provide for students to complete credit recovery at their individual high schools – saves $400,000
  • Consolidate the students at Benning Hills with Muscogee Elementary.  Due to retirements and transfers no one would lose a job in this transition – saves $325,000
  • Move Academic Success Programs to the Benning Hills campus to save on infrastructure costs necessary to keep the Academic Success Program at its current campus – saves $374,000
  • Change the school start times in order to better tier the transportation system, thereby reducing the number of drivers needed by fifteen to twenty – saves $200,000

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