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Troup County proposes cutting teachers and closing a school to save money

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

Troup County high school students are outraged after Monday night's school board meeting. It was announced that several programs and teacher positions could possibly be eliminated due to financial constraints.

"We are hoping to prevent that in anyway shape or form and whatever it takes," said Toby Brewster.

Brewster is one of 30 students who gathered in front of the Troup County School Board building Tuesday afternoon. Brewster says he and his friends were upset after hearing that teachers across the county could lose their jobs.

The news hit close to home for Lindsey Garrett, her mom is an art teacher in the school system. Garrett says her mother has helped her and thousands of students find their own love for the arts over the years.

"I've just always believe in keeping arts in schools and it being a big form of expression for everybody," said Garrett. 

Tina Duckett with Troup County Schools says at this point things are only being discussed and no permanent decision has been made. 

"We are possibly facing $11.1 million budget deficit here in Troup County," said Duckett. 

To cut back on costs,  recommendations were made for the 2012 - 2013 school year.

There is expected to be salary and benefit cuts across the board. There's also talk about closing West Side Magnet School to save money along with reducing 118 district employees.

Leave without pay days would be implemented, and some positions would be cut down from their regular 240 work days to 237.

The students say they don't plan on giving up until their concerns are heard. Lindsey Garrett not only fights the fight for other students in the school system but also for her mother.

"It's a part of her. It is a part of who she is," remarked Garrett. 

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