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Ga. county may have to close elementary schools

ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) -- Elbert County's cash-strapped school board has already cut the school week to four days to save money. Now it may have to close two of the county's five elementary schools.

Reports say that the county is considering the move amid declining tax revenue.

The system has cut millions from its budget over the past three years by eliminating unfilled positions and laying off employees. The board ended music and art programs and adopted a four-day school week to save on transportation and other costs.

Schools Superintendent Rick Higginbotham says spending was cut by $4.8 million last year and may be slashed another $1.8 million.

Elbert County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Even Elberton's Burger King was forced to shut down last year.