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APS budget talks include furloughs, reduced personnel/programs

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Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis presented a budget proposal to board members that he described as the least painful for the district.

"What we try to do each time is present a balanced budget. Before we started this process, we gave the board members a list of the things we could use to balance the budget that list is in far excess of the gap that we have," said Davis.

Davis said the district needs to close a $61 million budget gap. The proposal he presented to board members on Monday includes not filling current vacancies, three furlough days for employees, selling school property, eliminating bonuses, reducing programs and personnel and taking money out of the district's saving account.

The proposal also includes collecting money the Beltline project owes the district. Davis said the Beltline has not made its first or second payments.

"This is probably more complex than I can explain in a soundbite," said Davis. "We are a member of a number of tax abatement districts so we have made agreements on all of those."
Board members told Davis they are concerned about losing teachers and classroom size.

School leaders have until July 1 to approve a budget for the next school year.

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