BOE budget issues meeting draws crowd
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,