Thanks to a loss of tax revenue and state funding, Clayton County Public Schools expects to exhaust its reserve funds by June 2011 amidst budget cuts.
According to the AJC, cuts will include reducing the school year by five days, getting rid of summer school for elementary and middle school, eliminating Superintendent Edmond Heatley’s cabinet by three positions, and transportation for charter school students is also in jeopardy. Reducing the number of work days for employees and school board members salaries by 4.25 percent are also on the table as per the Clayton News-Daily.
CCPS expects to be out of debt by June 2012. Yet despite behind the scenes drama, some CCPS students are thriving as proven by the three seniors recently named Gates Millennium Scholars. We can only hope whatever cuts are implemented will not be too detrimental for future students.
What do you think of Heatley’s proposed budget cuts? What would you suggest CCPS do to balance the budget while offering students a quality education?
CCPS will hold a work session tonight at 6 PM (agenda) (CCPS Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro) to discuss the proposed cuts, which could be tentatively adopted. If so, a public hearing will be held on June 7 before final adoption on June 28.
Also held tonight at 7 PM is an NAACP sponsored political forum featuring candidates from District 1 and District 4 at Riverdale First United Methodist Church (6390 Riverdale Road, Riverdale).