Clayton County Schools to shave $50M from budget

Source: Clayton County Public Schools via Twitter

The state's fifth largest school district says they have a balanced budget, but admitted late today they are proposing nearly $50 million in cuts.

"I just want you to know that I've been very transparent, and will always be, because we've got nothing to hide," the Superintendent said Friday in a YouTube video to staff and students.

But he refused to speak with the CBS46 Bulldog to answer detailed questions about how the district's finances are managed.

An apparent improper balancing of salaries, led Clayton County Public Schools into the money mess, the Superintendent admitted in his video.

The school system is planning a salary freeze---the reduction of 250 teaching positions through retirement, which would result in larger class size. As well as other administrative cuts, totaling $49.8 million dollars in savings.

"That's the only option we have," said the Superintendent in that video.

He continued, "Salaries in previous budgets were under projected. The only thing I can do is reduce the personnel cost, and so how do we do that?"

A school board meeting was held Monday night at district headquarters. Parents and teachers who live in the county said the school board, superintendent and district officials gutted the revenue and spent thousands of dollars on travel and their own salaries.

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