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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Muscogee County School District is reacting to decreased funding, and one of the ways they plan to reduce costs is by altering class schedules for high school students.

District 2 board member John Wells said, "We're looking at about a $14 million deficit from the state this year."

The new schedule will contain seven classes instead of eight.

"The actual schedule has not yet been defined. We're still working with principals to continue to get input, but this is an economically driven decision in terms of going from eight to seven periods," said Superintendent David Lewis.

The superintendent said this measure alone will save at least $4 million dollars. 

Board member John Wells agrees. "If we don't make some of these adjustments as we go forward, we'll go back into furlough days and nobody wants that."

Another item unanimously approved by the board was the plan to divide the district into three new sectors: east, central, and west. The superintendent said this change has nothing to do with the budget and everything to do with fair allocation of resources. About 34 administrative positions will undergo changes.

[RELATED: Superintendent Lewis discusses MCSD position shifts]

"In order to facilitate the zone concept, there are some jobs that are being readvertised, and we're changing job descriptions. But I want to make it very clear that we are not losing any personnel that might be repurposed into other jobs. If there are any changes in salaries, we're going to be working with district staff to facilitate that moving forward over a three year period transition," said Lewis.

"It still remains to be seen how well it will play out, but from the concept, it looks like a change we can live with," said Wells.

Like the high school schedule changes, the reorganization will take shape at the start of the new school year.

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