The school board has tentatively agreed to return the $5.7 million requested by county commissioners to make up the budget shortfall.
School board members accepted the recommendation from Supt. Del Burns that they give back the money to help the county out during this difficult situation. The formal vote will occur later this afternoon.
To make up for the loss of the $5.7 million an additional $5.5 million state cut, administrators came up with a list of recommended cuts. They include:
• Returning $3.2 million from positions not filled due to student enrollment coming in by more than 2,000 fewer students than projected.
• Dip into reserves for $2 million.
• Save $1,8 million from freezing employee out-of-state travel, reducing operating budgets for central service departments by 3 percent and freezing filling of central service positions to 90 days.
• Net $1 million cut in classroom materials and instructional supplies for schools.
For now, administrators said they've been able to avoid any layoffs. But they acknowledged that may change if further cuts need to be made as the economy worsens.