The total plan cuts $300 million, with the school system seeing an $82 million drop in funding. To achieve that, the county will again seek a waiver allowing it to ignore a state law that requires localities to spend more money each year on schools. A waiver was granted last year.
Should the funding cut stand, it's unclear what will get dropped by schools. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast says their costs keep rising everyday.
"For every penny gasoline or petroleum goes up, that's a $33,000 increase, so we're losing money everyday on the buses," he explains. "The food costs are going up, we're losing money on that. We're going to gain 2,300 to 2,400 students, so we're going to lose money there."
The county council has the final say on the budget, which should be approved in May.
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