Updated 5 a.m. April 27
The Cobb County Board of Education voted 6-1 Thursday night to give preliminary approval to an $851 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
But school board members made it clear that their action was procedural and they are not prepared to give the current plan final approval May 17 without seeing other options.
The preliminary budget closes a projected $62.5 million deficit by increasing class size, reducing the number of teachers by 350, furloughing employees for five days, cutting the school year to 175 days, making media center paraprofessionals part-timers, delaying step raises by half a year and spending $21 million of reserve funds, among other actions.
The district needs 75 more teachers to decide in the next month that they’ll leave after this school year to meet the 350-teacher reduction through attrition, The Marietta Daily Article source: http://eastcobb.patch.com/articles/live-cobb-schools-budget-vote
Article source: http://eastcobb.patch.com/articles/live-cobb-schools-budget-vote