The Bibb County School Board moved forward with a budget plan Monday that does not furlough employees next school year.
The board voted in favor of approving its fiscal year 2012 budget at just over $296 million. That's about $5 million more than last year's budget.
The biggest change this year, according to board members and district officials, is the loss of about $6 million in federal stimulus funds they received the past two years. Board members voted earlier this school year not to use some of those funds. Tommy Barnes, board president, says that's part of the reason the district could eliminate furloughs for employees in this budget.
Barnes and school board member Susan Sipe credited Supt. Romain Dallemand with helping craft a budget that makes the best use of their money.
His recommendation to cut staff by 87 positions, including 52 teachers, saves the district nearly $5 million.