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