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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Rock Hill School Board Approves Superintendent's Recommended Budget Reductions

The Rock Hill School Board approved by a 7-0 vote, the Superintendent's recommended budget reductions during a meeting held on Monday, April 12, 2010 in a room full of parents, teachers, and administrators. The vote came after the board heard 6 requests to restore band funds and one to restore benefits for school bus drivers. You can find a list of the recommended reductions by clicking here

Board members stated the difficulty of this decision because jobs will be eliminated and programs  impacted negatively. However, revenue is not available to continue to operate the district as has been done in the past. Citizens were asked to make sure their state legislative representatives were supporting public education in ways outlined in the resolution with can be found by clicking here. 

This, most likely, will not be the last round of reductions. Some experts believe there could be another $2 million reduction (on top of the $10 million already announced) for next years budget and almost $5 million in stimulus funds will have to be made up in the 2011-12 budget.

In other action, the board approved first reading of policy IJOA by a 7-0 vote.

Special recognition was made for students Nathan Myers, an India Hook Elementary 5th grader, and Christopher McKinney, a Sullivan Middle School 8th grader, who were winners of the State Superintendent's Writing Competition.  Also recognized was Laney Burris, who has been selected for a state award from the SC chapter of the national Public Risk and Insurance Management Association.

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