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Proration Hurting Wiregrass Schools

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It is Laura Cordell's first year teaching at Abbeville Elementary and it may be her last.

Cordell is among a number of Henry County teachers who are sitting and waiting to see if they will have a job next year, but it is not just staff being affected by the cuts.

"I have a son with a disability so he is here [Abbeville Elementary] and he is stable. He has a great teacher and I want to keep him, the more I move him the worse he is," says Cordell.

Henry County schools are among the worst being hit by proration in the Wiregrass. Superintendent Dennis Coe says it takes 1.6 million dollars a month in operational costs, making these cuts devastating.

"Nine percent proration means the reduction of about 1.7 million dollars in funding, currently we have 1.6 million in reserve, so sometime between now and September we have got to find a way to find a way to trim back one hundred thousand dollars to avoid bankruptcy," said Coe.

Meaning cuts in staff, materials and student programs. Cuts have already been made on some student activities and there are expected to be more in the future, along with another potential proration.

"We have been told basically that next year we could see proration as high as 14% and there will be no rainy day fund to be tapped."

Cordell isn't thinking about that just yet for right now, she and many other staff members are just hoping they have a source of income for the next year.

Dale County schools are also feeling the pain of proration.

Superintendent Phillip Parker says arrangements have already been made on cutting back on additional hires.

He says there is currently 4-million dollars in the reserve fund but cautions it will only last for a few more months.


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