The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved applying its reduction in force policy to allow for the elimination of 29.5 positions in anticipation of making up a $3 million deficit next year.
School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said administrators hope that most positions will be eliminated by attrition and reassignments.
Despite a $2.8 million reduction in the state’s austerity cut to the school system over last year and $1.7 million in funds restored that was underfunded by the previous year’s state funds, the school system is faced with a $4 million drop in state equalization funding for next year and a $5.8 million austerity cut.
With the school system facing the anticipated $3 million deficit, the personnel reduction is one measure planned to save about $1.7 million. Pugh said he planned to meet with the school system Advisory Task Force – a group of school, local business and public representatives – to come up with further budget options.