Birmingham schools superintendent looking at budget options

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham City School District is facing a $23 million deficit and the superintendent has a few ideas to help.

Superintendent Craig Witherspoon says buyouts for veteran employees could save at least $3 million next year. Another idea is closing five more schools than originally planned.

Dr. Witherspoon says the only other option is layoffs.

"We know consolidations are tough, politically, but the alternative may be more with personnel on the other end if we don't consider some of these other options," said Witherspoon.

Even if the board approves Superintendent Witherspoon's plan, they will still have to find $9 million in cuts.

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