Jackson County School District Faces Major Budget Shortfall

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Marianna- The Jackson County School District is trying to decide what to cut as it faces a nearly 6 million dollar budget shortfall for the next school year.

The state is cutting 3.7 million dollars, and the federal government is also slashing 2 million dollars from the federal stimulus package, which runs out this year.
Included in the cuts is 300 thousand dollars less to help care for adults with disabilites in the county.
School district officials also said they have to do away with 28 teaching positions and won't fill 10 non-teaching jobs.

On top of that, no more school buses will be added to the county's fleet.
Superintendent Lee Miller said the situation will get worse if budget cuts continue through next year.
"We'll have to work with the community and decide what's the best, best course of action to take if these cuts continue year after year after year. You can only cut so much and then still operate," said Lee Miller, Jackson County Superintendent of Schools.

The school board will hold a public workshop to adress the budget issue on June 6th at the school board headquarters off Jefferson Street in Marianna.

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