Local school boards vote on 2010 budget

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Board of Education votes Thursday night on the fiscal year 2010 budget.

On the table are cuts to teachers as well as freezing salaries and raising fees.

Chief Financial Officer Arthur Watts says the cuts are necessary as the state has already cut funding by 16-million dollars and another round of proration is looming for next year.

The Hoover School Board will also vote on a 2010 budget on Thursday. The budget is 26 million dollars smaller than last year's spending plan.

The school system will make up the difference with 20 million in cash from its fund balance. The rest comes through cuts including some coaching stipends and eliminating about 70 positions, mostly through attrition. That will leave the system with just under 100 million dollars in its reserve fund.