Resident speaks piece on school budget

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County's Board of Education held the first of two public hearings for its Fiscal Year 2013 budget on Thursday evening.

Before the board can adopt the $1.7 billion budget, it must first hold two public hearings, during which the residents can chime in.

Amy Fuchs did just that Thursday night.

She told board of education members that she was worried about talks of increasing class sizes.

"I ask you to look carefully before you pass this," Fuchs said. "We're in tough times and I understand there must be sacrifices, but increasing class sizes really concerns me."

Increasing class sizes by two students is one of the measures that the board has discussed in its attempt to brace for a projected $89 million shortfall.

The board also plans to leave vacant nearly 600 positions in the district and 54 positions in the central office and slash all operating budgets by 2.5 percent.

The next budget public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 17 at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee.


kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

Are these the same 600 positions that were not filed last year? Don't try to fool us again. Too many fat pensions and staff are killing this system. Lack of any leadership to get rid of longtime staff/teachers that they are too scared to release for fear of discrimination charges, etc. That is what's wrong with this system. New new leadership, especially in Gwinnett. And to quote, "We're in tough times and I understand there must be sacrifices." This statement has NO regards to the taxpayers, only to themselves and the people that don't want to pay tuition for an education. Kids, most of you have parents who can afford to send you to a private school and be much better equipped for college. They don't want to sacrifice not buying cars and "stuff" instead of paying for a better education for you. Then these same parents start complaining about forking over some money for your college. Funny how people get so used to getting everything for "free" that it kills them to fork over a buck. Let someone else keep forking it over.


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