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Layoffs, furloughs coming to Richmond County schools

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A budget just shy $233,000,000 couldn't save everyone's paychecks on Thursday night. The Richmond County Board of Education finally passing next year's budget, complete with job losses and across the board furloughs.

Board president Venus Cain said the budget could mean up to seven teachers will be left without a job, but that number isn't set in stone yet.

"We're looking at more of having to lose our janitors, our non-certified people," said Cain.

A cut that is definitive: nine days of the school year will be lost to teacher furloughs.

"I would have to liked to keep everyone and reduce the days, but it's just the way it is right now," said Cain. "It's the best we can do."

Superintendent Frank Roberson says because of those furlough days, more people will keep their jobs.

"We included that ninth furlough day, so we could keep as many individuals employed as possible," said Roberson.

Both Roberson and Cain attribute the cuts as a result of decreased funding from the State of Georgia.

"Reduced funding from the state, increased insurance cost coming from the state level, several things along that line," explained Roberson.

"They want local communities and local governments to fund education," said Cain.

The tough decisions made tonight are something the board president hopes won't come up again.

"We're going to start going through a department's budget line for line and scrutinizing and making sure nobody has missed anything in those budgets," promised Cain.

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