Cobb County School Board approves budget cuts - CBS46 News

Cobb County School Board approves budget cuts

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

The Cobb County School Board approved painful budget cuts Thursday night.

The 2014 budget, which goes into effect July 1, includes five teacher furlough days, the reduction of 182 positions by attrition, and the removal of $41-million from the reserves fund. Employees will get a half-year step increase.

The Cobb County School System, like most in Georgia, faces a decline in revenue because of fewer state dollars as well as property tax collections.

Parents, while they understand, still voiced disappointment at the cuts.

"There's already, I think, a lack of student-teacher combinations as it is. This definitely concerns me," said Rusty Bailey.

"I got two daughters in high school. They're ready to get out. And my other kids is, one of those is going to middle; the other one is elementary, so we really need the education," seconded Jose Ortiz.

The $856.3 million budget closes a deficit of $86.4 million.

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