Board of Education continues to work toward finalizing the 2009-10 budget
Contact: Laurie Hogan (336) 370-8307
Created: 7/27/2009 4:52:53 PM
The Guilford County Board of Education approved Thursday additional
cuts to the 2009-10 budget totaling about $2.2 million. Guilford County
Schools (GCS) continues to assess its budget while awaiting the
approval of a state budget by the General Assembly.
Thursday's meeting, the board approved to make the budget cuts by
amending five programs and services. Changes will be made to Home Field
Advantage, the employee dental insurance benefit, supplies and
materials for athletics, bus stops for some middle and high school
students and standby bus driver positions. For complete information,
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some of these programs have implications for the start of school on
Aug. 25, GCS is currently working to put the changes into place. The
district will be communicating with the parents and guardians of
impacted students, employees and schools within the next two weeks.
board also voted to remove two items from consideration for cuts. A
further consolidation of bus stops affecting elementary students and
the Smith High International Baccalaureate program will not be
considered for budget cuts in the 2009-10 school year.
past board meetings, district staff members have recommended a total of
approximately $36.8 million in cuts and redirections divided into three
tiers. Tier 1, about $12.6 million, consists of the cuts and
redirections included in the superintendent's proposed budget and the
board's request to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in May.
Tier 2 totals approximately $12.9 million and Tier 3 totals
approximately $11.3 million. The items in the second and third tiers
are being considered by the board now as the state budget outlook
becomes clearer. The five cuts approved Thursday are in Tier 2.
Tier 2 and 3 items were recommended for a board vote due to the time
sensitive nature of the decisions, but the board took no action. A vote
was not taken on the terms of employment for lead bus drivers, the
extended year programs at Brooks Global Studies and Johnson Street
Global Studies, or the implementation of a three-tier bus schedule.
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