Valley superintendents react to projected cuts

By Jeanie Powell - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Valley school leaders are already having a hard time balancing a downsized budget as it is.

The Huntsville City School System is already dealing with a $10 million deficit from the year before.

More cuts would be detrimental, but superintendents will have to make it work.

Another school system says leaders don't know what they're going to do because they don't have all the details yet.

Bottom line- whatever happens, the kids will come first.

Come October first, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore expects to see another reduction in her budget.

Dr. Moore tells WAFF 48 News, "We're just going to have to tighten our belts even more."

Thursday, Governor Bob Riley's Office told me, "If the economy doesn't improve significantly and if there's not a change in the state's obligation to pay for healthcare and pensions, then there's little doubt that we're going to have to reduce funding."

Dr. Moore is planning accordingly if proration hits a second time.

"We're probably going to do some hiring freezes.  Unless we absolutely have to hire someone to do a job, then we're not going to hire them."

It means transfering teachers from one school to another and likely larger class sizes.

"We've already been cut with student materials, technology, library enhancement, professional development, and common purchases that's already been cut down to zero."

The school system's been brainstorming ways on how to use local money to give teachers funds to buy supplies they're accustomed to.

Since proration, Moore says school supply drives have been popping up across the community and this year, the need is even more important.

The school's three consolidation projects are coming along nicely and will offset some costs, but, over time.

Moore tells WAFF 48 News, "We're going to do our best to keep our people working.  We're going to have school, I do want to say that, we're going to have school, that's what I tell people all the time.  We're going to have school no matter what, because we can't close school down, but we might have to tighten up a little bit.  But our teachers will be in there teaching, and our kids, we're looking forward to them coming back."

Dr. Moore is hoping she won't have to result to furloughs or lay-offs down the road and attrition will continue to avoid that.

If you would like to donate school supplies you can call the superintendent's office or call the school where you'd like to make a contribution.

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