Will the school board have to cut $5.7 million due to the county's revenue shortfall?
As noted in today's article by Michael Biesecker, County Manager David Cooke suggested Monday that all county departments take a 1.8 percent funding cut. If implemented, it would mean the school system would have to cut $5.7 million to make up for a projected county revenue shortfall of at least $17 million.
If the school system is spared any cuts, other county departments — including such key operations as the sheriff’s office, EMS, and the 911 call center — will have to make deeper cuts of 4 percent.
Kevin Hill, vice chairman of the school board, said they wouldn't be able to spare the classroom if they had to find $5.7 million in cuts. He said they had cut as much as they could when the commissioners had provided $36.2 million less than requested this year.
Hill said he hopes both boards will meet before a decision is made by commissioners. What could help the school board is that the decision will be made by the new Democratic majority on the board of commissioners.