By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
The Polk School District took a bold step Tuesday in balancing the budget for fiscal year 2014 with the approval of a Reduction in Force plan.
During their Tuesday meeting, the Polk School District Board of Education heard from Superintendent Dr. William Hunter, who presented a Reduction in Force plan including several calendar adjustments that together will save approximately $3 million.
Dr. Hunter says 30 positions will have to be cut for next year in order to balance the budget.
“What we tried to look at first and foremost were the actual classroom teachers, we tried to not have a negative effect on that part of our program.' said Hunter.
“The majority of the staff we cut were those that did not have a load of students. They were positions that the schools accumulated over the years.”
The plan includes a 170 school calendar with 8 furlough days included. The board also voted to change the high school class scheduling system to a 7-period day format. Dr. Hunter says the change will be most beneficial for students and save money in instructional costs.
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