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Few turn out for BOE budget hearing

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

A Clayton County Board of Education public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, for the county's school system, drew a crowd of only a dozen administrators and community members on Thursday.

The district is projecting to spend $339.18 million during the next fiscal year, while only bringing in $335.1 million in revenues.

Last month, the school board gave final approval for a $49 million, two-year budget reduction plan, which included retroactively furloughing teachers for four snow days in January, and furloughing them for an additional day later this month.

During the public hearing, community activist, Linda Granger, was the only person who addressed the board. She told board members that she felt "a lot of that [the budget numbers] is not right." She called on board members to conduct an audit of school system finances before they vote on tentative adoption of a budget at the end of this month.

The next public hearing is scheduled to take place on May 12, at 5:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, which is located at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

— Curt Yeomans