Jefferson County schools ponder layoffs - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jefferson County schools ponder layoffs

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HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - The Jefferson County School Board is considering layoffs as a way to offset millions of dollars to be lost if state funding is cut further.

Superintendent Phill Hammonds presented information and suggestions to board members Friday morning on what may need to be done if proration is declared.  He said the county does have a reserve fund, but notes cuts may still be needed if proration is declared because the county will also be losing $18 million in federal stimulus funding provided last year.

Hammonds said the school system first needs to determine if layoffs will be needed, but says that will depend if and when Gov. Bentley declares proration and, if so, how deep the cuts will be.  Hammonds said he cannot recall in recent memory the need to layoff teachers or staff.

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