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School system deals with latest round of state education funding cuts

In a called conference Tuesday with school superintendents, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced more cuts for school systems. Gov. Perdue said there will be an additional three percent cut across the board in Quality Basic Education funds from the state and a mandatory three-day furlough for all certificated employees.

Both initiatives are to be implemented as soon as possible, according to an e-mail from McDuffie County School Superintendent Jim LeBrun. The e-mail was sent to every member of the local school board.

Mr. LeBrun said he does not think the county will have to add furlough days to previously furloughed employees. When they approved their budget in June, the local school board put in different furloughs for employees for the 2009-2010 school year.

If it is implemented, Mr. LeBrun said he plans to recommend to the Board of Education to furlough teachers, counselors, media specialists and other certified employees not previously furloughed. The new furlough dates will be on three scheduled professional development days - Jan. 4, March 12 and May 25. Students are not scheduled to be in class on these dates.

The three percent QBE cut will equal $548,465 for McDuffie County, according to Mr. LeBrun, and the three-day furlough will come to a savings of $351,630.

"This means that we will still need to account for an additional $196,835 in lost state revenue," he said.

The news comes one month after the school board gave their final approval of the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget. Last year, the then-current board had to revise their budget a few weeks after its final approval and raise the millage rate on property taxes after the governor implemented an additional two percent cut in revenue.

Web posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009

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