BOE bud­get is­sues meet­ing draws crowd

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2011 that, if ap­proved, will cut sev­eral jobs from the county as well as elim­i­nate the mid­dle school ath­let­ics pro­gram for Newton County stu­dents next year.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Steve What­ley spoke first, ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence in an ef­fort to ex­plain the rea­son for the pro­posed cuts. He told par­ents and concerned cit­i­zens about the mam­moth cuts the board has been fac­ing, not just this year but for the last sev­eral years, in­clud­ing and ex­pla­na­tion of the Qual­ity Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Act and that fact that Newton County hasn’t seen money from that pro­gram in more than seven years, when the school sys­tem has earned roughly $21 mil­lion in lo­cal tax money dur­ing that time.

“The op­er­a­tion of the school district as far as fund­ing is concerned is a part­ner­ship be­tween the state and the county,” he ex­plained. “...The state has not met it’s re­spon­si­bil­ity in fund­ing pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion ac­cord­ing to its own for­mula.”

Ac­cord­ing to What­ley,


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