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Parents complain retreat comes at a bad time

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Savannah Chatham Council of PTA's Sandra Cason. Savannah Chatham Council of PTA's Sandra Cason.
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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Parents are upset after learning the school board will be taking a retreat to Jekyll Island despite budget concerns in the district.

Members of the Savannah Chatham Council of PTA's were informed the board would be taking a team building trip that would cost the district $7,000.

Parents are not happy about this decision since they say they've seen several budget cuts and increased class sizes in Title One schools.

Class sizes are up to 27 students and they have been asked to bring in supplies, including toilet paper, to help with costs.

"I don't think this is the time to be splurging and going to Jekyll Island and spending $7,000 on a retreat when you can go here," said Savannah Chatham Council of PTA's Sandra Cason. "You can probably get a local hotel here. We know from statistics that some of our children have a greater rate of going to prison than graduating highschool."

She hopes in the midst of this budget crisis, the council will reconsider their retreat.

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