NCSS com­pares other sys­tems

Look­ing for other ex­am­ples to cut spend­ing

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

In an ef­fort to make the best choices for Newton County's stu­dents, the school sys­tem has com­pared it­self to seven other sys­tems in the state while work­ing on po­ten­tial cuts to next year's bud­get.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mathews com­pared seven like-sized sys­tems with vary­ing en­roll­ment num­bers, in­clud­ing those with less than Newton and those with more. Newton County has 19,500 stu­dents, while Rock­dale has 15,500 and Dou­glas County has roughly 25,000.

Mathews also looked at the school sys­tem's 10 ma­jor ex­pen­di­ture cat­e­gories to see how Newton ranked among the seven other sys­tems. Ac­cord­ing to his data, Newton ranks sev­enth in the per­cent of to­tal ex­pen­di­tures for gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion with only one other school sys­tem spend­ing less in gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion than Newton County. How­ever Newton does spend more on in­struc­tion then most of the other schools in the study.

In an ef­fort to find $9 mil­lion worth of cuts to the 2011-2012 bud­get, a list of 13 po­ten­tial cuts has been re­leased. The cuts save a to­tal of $13 mil­lion, but al­low for those re­spon­si­ble to have sev­eral choices when look­ing at where to save. Ad­di­tion­ally, the school sys­tem is work­ing with peo­ple at each school to see what their thoughts are on cuts and has re­leased a stake­hold­ers sur­vey for the com­mu­nity to take and sug­gest other things that could be cut from the bud­get.

The Newton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion is set to ap­prove the fi­nal bud­get in June and school sys­tems in the state have un­til May 15 to of­fer teacher con­tacts.

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