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Bibb School Board Approves $296M Budget
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The Bibb County School District's budget will increase by about $5 million next school year.

The school board voted, six to nothing, Tuesday to approve a budget budget of just over $296 million for fiscal year 2012. Board president Tommy Barnes and member Tom Hudson were absent from Tuesday's vote.

Some board members say Superintendent Romain Dallemand helped develop a plan that makes the best use of their money.

Changes include:

-No furlough days
-Four extra planning days for teachers;
-Cutting 87 jobs, including 52 teaching positions;
-and increasing some class sizes by one to three students.

"We are in a better place today than we were last year, just by looking at the furloughs alone," Dallemand said after the vote.

"Many may not think the furloughs have an impact on student achievement, I believe they do."

The district says so far, state cuts haven't been as deep and they planned for. Board member Susan Middleton says despite fewer cuts, she keeps an eye on the district's reserve balance.

"It will always be a moving target, we never know what the state's going to fund," Middleton said.

The 2012 budget does not call for a property tax increase, but that could change. School officials say they're waiting on a final tax digest they expect to receive this summer.

"What I'm really excited about is Dr. Dallemand's move towards totally assessing the needs and developing a strategic plan," Wanda West, school board member, said after Tuesday's meeting.

The 2012 budget takes effect on July 1.

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