Birmingham schools face more cuts

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Financial struggles are forcing school leaders in Birmingham to make more budget cuts and consider more job cuts.

Tuesday night, the Birmingham Board of Education hired an in-house attorney to replace its contract with legal firms. The attorney will receive an annual salary of more than $120,000, but administrators estimate the move could save the school system more than $500,000 per year in legal fees.

In addition, superintendent Craig Witherspoon told board members the system still needs to make some hard choices about eliminating some jobs. The board rejected that option earlier this month, and two teacher unions that represent Birmingham teachers have vowed to fight any reduction in force, but Witherspoon said Tuesday night he is not giving up.

"We're gonna meet with the 2 associations, and have that dialogue and conversation," Witherspoon said. "But the fact of the matter is we do have some funding issues and we do have to address those."

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