June 16-- The Vidalia City Board of Education adopted their budget for the 2011-2012 school year in their monthly meeting Tuesday night. With state revenues continuing to decline, Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith stated the budget is almost $600,000 over the revenue that they will receive and tapping into reserves will once again be necessary.
“We’re going back into our reserves,” says Smith. “I anticipate that this will be the last year that we can completely cover our deficit with reserves, but that’s why you have reserves. We will maintain enough reserves to have one monthly payroll and that’s good for a school system. A lot of school systems don’t have reserves and haven’t had reserves for several years.”
Smith went on to say, “We are hoping that there aren’t any further cuts. If you’ve been keeping up with the state revenue, it’s beginning to go up and that’s a very good sign but we’re also aware that there are a lot of departments that have been cut other than education.”
Superintendent Smith stated, “We have been losing funding since 2001 in this school system and we have been accommodating that loss of funding through a number of ways. One way is that we have furlough days; another way is that we have all lost our local teaching supplement and we have not been replacing people when they left if it was not absolutely necessary. We’ve lost 20 or 25 teachers in the last 6 or 7 years here.”