My school district has no cash reserves and probably will finish the current fiscal year $6 million in the red. Add to this a budget shortfall of more than $70 million in the coming year, and the term “tough choices” sounds like a euphemism. Part of the the shortage comes from a decline in property values; several board members oppose raising property taxes, so they’ll have to cut their way out of this mess.
That’s a lot of cutting. What will go? There’s talk of removing the Pre-K program. This is terrrible.
The board meets tonight to discuss these issues. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more.