Su­per­in­ten­dent to an­nounce ten­ta­tive cuts Mon­day

The Covington News - - Front page - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

Newton County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Gary Mathews is set to re­lease a list of ten­ta­tive cuts to the 2011-2012 bud­get at 5 p.m. Mon­day af­ter­noon. With the Newton County School Sys­tem fac­ing at least $9 mil­lion in bud­get re­duc­tions for the 2011-2012 school year, it is in­evitable that cuts will have to be made and Mathews has warned that more may be nec­es­sary.

Mathews has been vo­cal about his con­cerns for the school sys­tem and the ne­ces­sity of fur­ther cuts, in­clud­ing some to per­son­nel, which, along with health in­surance, is more than 87 per­cent of the sys­tem's bud­get.

Ac­cord­ing to a time­line re­leased by Mathews, the board plans to al­low each school coun­cil to pro­vide bud­get re­duc­tion in­put, which will be shared with prin­ci­pals at a called meet­ing on Jan. 10. Prin­ci­pals will then meet with their school coun­cils to go over bud­get re­duc­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties fur­ther. A pub­lic

fo­rum will be held on Jan. 13 to gain in­put from the com­mu­nity on bud­get re­duc­tions.

Mathews said that he hoped to give board mem­bers a pro­posed list of cuts in Fe­bru­ary or March for the board to con­sider un­til April. The board is sched­uled to ap­prove a ten­ta­tive bud­get in May and vote in June.

" Some of the items found on the list are cer­tainly more palat­able than oth­ers," warned Mathews. " Yet, they are still things we would not seek if we were not in a " must do" sit­u­a­tion... We will need real feed­back and real pos­si­bil­i­ties. We will not float items just to gain pub­lic at­ten­tion or to rally the troops, so to speak."

MATHEWS

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