School Officials Meet With Law Makers

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

School officials have fears that some of the programs that may go on the chopping block are necessary. Tonight they voiced their concerns to local state officials.

School officials in the valley say the school systems need all their current funding and programs. They believe if the Governor cuts funding to any programs students will feel the effects.

"He is going to review the programs for effectiveness and if they are not effective shift that money to other educational programs," said Lowell Lemons Superintendent of Waynesboro Public School.

That's where the local state officials come in, school officials need them to try and keep the funding in tact.

"There have been studies that show the state is not doing it's part in funding education," said Sen. Emmett Hanger, "if that does not happen from a state level then it is passed on to the localities."

And since many of the localities already say they're hurting for cash, the lack of funding means cutting programs.

"There are categorical programs that are out there for education and the Governor is talking about looking at some cuts for those," said Del. Steve Landes.

But at this point, there is no set criteria for which programs will be cut and which ones will be spared. So the only thing school officials can do is pass on their concerns to local state officials in hopes that they'll try to increase rather than decrease education funding.

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