As of Friday, May 18, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education unanimously approved a $1.7 billion budget Thursday night for the fiscal year 2013.
In a 5-0 vote, the board approved the measure after holding the second of two public hearings.
Representing a $5.8 million decrease from the previous year, the projections anticipate no layoffs, maintaining a hiring freeze and the continuation of two furlough days a year. fiscal year 2013 predictions also assume the continued trend of slower enrollment growth.The board of education discussed a projected $89 million shortfall stemming from a combination of declining local tax revenue and diminished federal stimulus dollars.
To balance the budget, the school board plans to increase most class sizes by two students and leave vacant nearly 600 positions in the district for a savings of $43 million and 54 positions in the central office for a savings of $2.7 million as well as slashing all operating budgets by 2.5 percent.
The district will also see additional state revenue in the amount of $21.6 million.
Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said Thursday's approved budget "is very tough, and we have concerns but it's a budget that is going to allow us to continue to do what we do."