Bibb school board calls special budget meeting

The Bibb County school board has called a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday at 484 Mulberry St. to make system budget cuts.

On Feb. 19, Superintendent Sharon Patterson proposed 2-percent cuts for 861 system employees, including principals, central administration, school counselors and custodians.

Patterson proposed that employees who work more than 200 days per school year be furloughed four to five days to save the system about $900,000.

Board members tabled the proposal and asked to see other cost savings alternatives, which will come up Monday.

“Everything’s on the table,” board member Albert Abrams said Thursday while meeting with The Telegraph’s editorial board.

School officials say they will consider teacher furloughs as well as cuts to teacher supplements. Due to state cuts this school year, the school system is trying to end the school year with an $8.4 million reserve and need to make cuts to meet that amount.