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School budget looking bright
There could be good news on the horizon for public school teachers following the meeting of the Glynn County Board of Education meeting Tuesday. They might have fewer furlough days to deal with this school year.

Andrea Preston, superintendent of finances for the school system, said the one mill tax increase approved by the board this fiscal year is bringing in about $2.4 million, an amount much higher than anticipated.

Based on updated numbers, she expects the school system will end with a greater fund balance than anticipated and will be able to bring its budget deficit down from the projected $6.8 million to about $3.8 million.

Preston recommended the board give back two of the three remaining furlough days. Five were on the original calendar, but one was already given back and another has already happened.

Board members, saying they want to be cautious, were willing to give back one day but will wait before deciding whether to give back more.

Citing an uncertain economy coupled with other factors like the effect of the new ad valorem car tax, board member Hank Yeargan said he would rather wait for more information.

"My only reservation is about what happened a few years ago," he said. "I don't want to jump the gun, give them back and then have to take them away again. That'd be like a slap in the face."

In the 2011-2012 school year, the school board had returned two furlough days to the school system staff but had to reinstate them due to unforeseen circumstances.

They agreed to look at revenues at the Nov. 12 board meeting before deciding the fate of the remaining furlough days.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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