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Alabama schools receive third year of proration

By Alan Collins

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - For the third year in a row, school systems in Alabama have had to do more with less from the State of Alabama. On Thursday, the Jefferson County Board of Education okayed 73 layoffs.

The school system will not fill 73 vacant positions and cut allocations to schools by 50% postage, band, biology and field trips. The school system will also cut back on utility consumption, travel and overtime costs.

"We want to go into summer reassuring our employees the level of service is still high. The challenge of providing that service is greater a year from now," Hammonds said.
               
The head of the American Federation of Teachers says  at one time the school system was looking at 170 layoffs."When we lay off teachers and support workers, it means they are not spending in the economy. When they don't spend money in the economy, they hurt education even more," Via Parramore with AFT said.
             
Tax collections have jumped slightly giving the county an extra $3 million. The school system is also trying to help out the teachers."The board has set aside one point two million dollars to material and supply money, not in the state budget," Hammonds said.
              
Without federal stimulus funds from the job's bill now in Congress, all school systems are looking at serious cuts next year. "Next year I don't know what we will do. We had three years of proration. Some schools won't be able to open their doors," Parramore said.

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