Gadsden County Schools Prepare for Budget Changes

By: La'Tasha Givens Email
By: La'Tasha Givens Email

School officials say stimulus money has run out and now they are left with a 4 million dollar shortfall.

Last night the school board held a closed door meeting to review the budget. Administrators say an independent committee has examined all options to meet the budget demands.

Some of the items on the list to consider were to combine East and West Gadsden High School, close the magnet school and cut 17 positions.

Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James says, "What the citizens need to know is that these are just ideas. Some of them will never be utilized and some of them will. The committee is generating ideas that will help our deficit. We certainly appreciate their hard work and dedication." James also says he would strongly consider not combing the schools or closing the magnet school.

Administrators say they will continue to meet and comb through ways to cut cost and stay within the budget. We'll keep you updated on any new information the district releases.


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  • by David on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    WHAT, there is this thing called catting losses and recouping on your investments. The fact of the matter is Gadsden will not have the funds to operate two high schools at their full potential, merging allows for economies of scale to cheapen operational costs. What do you think they do with the other school, rip it down? No, the structure is sold for other operations and that money reinvested into the ever shrinking finances for education.
  • by The real truth on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:22 AM
    Be your own leader. They are your kids. You stand up for them. Your leaders are delightfully happy over a 10 million dollar casino deal that involves your money. They are not that happy because it is a good deal for your children. They are that happy because it is a good deal for them personally. You better wake up. You are the one who better be looking out for your children, because those leaders are looking out for the casino deal. The community does not need to be spend any money on building a casino, if they don't have the money to fund the schools and if you don't start speaking up for your kids and thier education system nobody else will.
  • by Tee Location: Gadsden Co. on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    We who are in Gadsden Co. who know how to pray, should pray. I know that prayer changes things. We need to stop complaining and start praying that God will intervene for our future generation and stop these money lovers and manipulators while our beautiful County is being attacked by the work of satan. We need to pray for our leaders to have strength enough to take a stand for our kids and not take filty money brides under the table. We need to ask and trust God to help us in this time of need.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    To the real truth. It's that's the county not that the county. Are you sure you did in fact graduate?
  • by The real truth on Jan 20, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    So it is. I had to laugh. Not Gadsden county graduate but Leon County Graduate. You know the county where you are teaching your high school kids how to hack grades and do Credit Card Scams while giving them awards of excellence that county. That the county I graduated in.
  • by me Location: fla on Jan 20, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    if you send right ones home you want miss them at all.
  • by Heads Up on Jan 20, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    Actually, GEMS is the best school because just anybody can't go there. You have to be smart to begin with. Closing St John would work, but the parents refused to let it go. Parents either need to pay for the school or let it close. Merge Hav Elem with Hav Middle would help. Concerning East and West Gadsden--don't touch that!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    To The real truth - It's Bernie Madoff you silly Gadsden graduate.
  • by The real truth on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    To anon 1:11, Maybe the Leon County developers that want to come over the Gadsden County to spend our funding to build their casino should be the ones that hold the bake sale, or auction off T-shirts that read future Barry Madoff’s prodigy’s hard at work. How is it that we have money to give those guys to build a card room, but we don’t have money to give the school system funding to educate our children. A 10 million casino deal in Gadsden county is a lot of money we clearly do not have. You guys need to tell them not to give your money to those Developers.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Maybe the schools should hold a bake sale or auction off festive tee shirts that read "Future recipient of government assistance." I know I could go for a brownie and some new threads.
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