News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, June 28, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A $232 million budget was approved for the year on Thursday, but reductions to offset a deficit are causing some cuts in staff.
"No certified teachers will go home, the non-certified, those numbers are still going to play, we're still trying to work and find vacancies," said Venus Cain, president of the Richmond County Board of Education.
Furloughs for those teachers at Richmond County Schools were kept at nine days, instead of the eight days, like initially decided.
"We're used to the nine, we'd rather keep the nine, if that means we can help a fellow employee, and I applaud our teachers, I just truly applaud them for making that decision, because in the long run, it hurts them because we would have to make classroom sizes larger," she said.
Larger classroom sizes means more burden on those teachers.
"Gotten calls, we've gotten emails where teachers have said you know that's what they'd rather do," Cain said.
Board members spoke today on behalf of the teachers present and community members, who are concerned about if their kids will get enough education.
"The state has not funded public education in the last five or six years, they sturdy making cuts and want us to pass the cuts on to the taxpayers," she said.