Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.