AL cuts nearly $2.5M in funding for Phenix City schools

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Alabama governor, Bob Riley, has declared a 7.5% cut to the state's education budget for the upcoming year.

Suzy Ruth, chief school finance officer with Phenix City School District told News Leader 9, "With this being the third year of funding cuts, the board is going to have to make some hard decisions because we will have used our resources," said Ruth.

Ruth added the Phenix City School Board was warned by the state that there could be a 3 to 5% education budget cut which she says would be a $1 million to $1.7 million cut in funding, but they never imagined 7.5%.

"7.5% is going to take us around $2.5 million. In light of the past 2 years proration, Phenix City has already lost almost $6 million in state funds," says Ruth.

So News Leader 9 asked where will the cuts be made?

Ruth told us it is too early to know, but says they will most likely not replace retiring teachers.

Parents say they are more than concerned. "Schools are already overcrowded number one, so they are probably going to cut teachers. That means they are going cut labor. They are going to cut salaries. They are going to start having furlough days. Children are going to be home more they are in school – where they should be," said one concerned parent.

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