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Furloughs, Layoffs, Sports Cuts Possible Duval Schools Budget Solutions

6:10 PM, May 10, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Duval school board members continued searching today for ways to make about $40 million dollars in cuts.

Facing a $91 million shortfall following the state budget approval last week, the Duval County Public Schools Board created a priority list of possible cuts.

The board is considering furloughs of all employees, staff reductions and eliminating transportation for magnet students over a three- to four-year period.

They also agreed to look at cutting some sports programs on middle and high school levels.

Board Chairman W.C. Gentry said he would cut athletics, before  music, art or PE. "I think we ought to bite the bullet, at least on the middle school level."

Parents are concerned about the state of the school district's finances.

"What are they going to do?  I know athletics are part of my grandson's life at this moment.  I'm very worried," said Stephon Boggs.

The board plans to make final budget decisions May 18.

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