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Proposed Richmond County school budget could cut 135 jobs

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Richmond County Board of Education has passed a preliminary budget for the upcoming school year, which includes 135 job cuts. 75 of these are teachers.

They are trying to make up for a $23 million dollar shortfall in next year’s budget.

“Enough cuts weren’t made in the last two years and we’re losing money every day from the state," said Venus Cain, Richmond County School Board President.

Richmond County will face $19 million dollars in state cuts.

Each Richmond County school faces a 7 percent cut but the school board has allowed administrators to decide which positions to let go.

“We felt like the principals knew best, in their school, with positions they could do without and they made a recommendation to the central office and from there it was reviewed and once the decision was made at the central office it was given to us," Cain said.

This has some parents, like Richmond County Parent Teach Association President Monique Braswell, worried.

“There shouldn’t be a cut coming from anywhere if a school has low science, low math, low social studies, low English, said Braswell. "Any school that has an area they are low in, those schools do not need to be cutting."

The budget also includes adding 3 new positions in the central office.

Richmond County School Board President Venus Cain doesn’t think that is a good idea.

“Creating these three positions when we’re laying teachers and para-pros off, I have a problem with that," Cain said. "If we’re going to cut there’s no reason for us to cut and add positions to the budget.”  

The proposed budget passed 6 to 4 earlier this week but there are 2 weeks remaining to have a finalized budget.

President Cain said they will work hard to keep as many positions as they can.


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