School Cuts

The Birmingham School System has a month to present a plan for cutting $20 million. That means likely layoffs for teachers and employees and the closing of up to nine schools.

The board of the third largest school system in Alabama and its superintendent are to meet Monday with state Superintendent Ed Richardson.

Richardson said a state takeover of the system's finances would be necessary if the board fails to come up with a plan in 30 days. Richardson said he would order the board to cut no less than $20 million or eight percent of the system's dollars.

If that doesn't happen, the state will take over financial operations.