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The school superintendent fielded questions from parents at Rickards High Monday evening on the budget, school start times and program cuts. Many parents say starting high school at 7:30 is too early, but Pons says changing the times will save 1.5 million dollars.
Pons and school board members want parents to understand that certain cuts are being made to protect teachers' jobs. Maggie Lewis-Butler, Leon County Schools Vice Chair said, "We don't want to cut any teachers. We want to make sure that our teachers are employed and because of that, the superintendent and the school board are looking at other avenues to cut the 12 million."
There will be a school board meeting Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. and parents are allowed to attend.