Birmingham schools face job cuts


Even with the $29 million in federal stimulus money coming, Birmingham schools face job cuts.

School system financial chief Arthur Watts says a 9 percent cut in the state education budget means Birmingham schools will lose about $13 million in state funding next year.

Watts says the school system has about $13 million in a reserve account, but that will be wiped out as a result of the cut. No word yet on the number of layoffs expected. Employee attrition could save some of the cuts.

Besides the statewide 9 percent budget cut in education, Birmingham city schools stand to lose another $7 million in state funding next year because of declining enrollment. The system lost 1,175 students this year.

School systems are funded based on the previous year's enrollment.

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