Clayton, Bibb school districts making tough cuts


Two of the state's largest school districts are cutting workers, furloughing teachers and slashing salaries.

The Clayton County school board voted Monday night to cut 300 employees for the next school year, including 200 teachers, because the district has lost 3,500 students since its accreditation was yanked last fall. The remaining employees will get a 1 percent raise, rather than the 3 percent they were set to receive.

In Bibb County, the school board voted Monday to furlough 556 employees four to five days this school year. That number does not include teachers or the lowest paid workers.

In addition, principals, administrators, band directors, campus police and social workers will absorb a 2 percent pay cut. Superintendent Sharon Patterson is cutting her salary $4,000.

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