School systems around Middle Georgia have taken a hit the last couple of years.
Monday night the Bibb County Board of Education talked about what they have to work with, and how it should be spent.
The board did pass a tentative budget for 2012 totaling 296-million dollars. However, the general fund, which handles the operating costs, comes in at 178-million dollars.
After federal cuts and a lower tax digest, the board had to make some cuts district-wide.
The majority came in the form of staffing. A total of 84 positions are slated to get cut and 52 of those are teaching jobs. The reduction will save the district an estimated 4.4-million dollars, and will help stop employee furloughs.
Class sizes may increase, but board members believe it's a small price to pay to make the budget fiscally sound.
"We've been forced like other districts across the state to recognize that we can't afford to absorb that cost of keeping classrooms small. We're talking about an incremental increase, it's not a drastic amount and we're also going to use some para-professionals at some grade levels to offset the increases in that classroom," said Bibb County Board of Education President, Thomas Barnes.
"I believe that our new superintendent Dallemand has done an excellent job of trying to make the best use of our money as far as how the money is being spent with administrators and down the line," said board member, Susan Sipe.
There are no salary increases in the 2012 budget except for state based steps.
School employees will have four additional days for training and planning.
There will be a public hearing for you to respond to this tentative budget that's scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st at 5:30 p.m. at the board of education in downtown
And following the hearing there is a called board meeting.