Vicksburg schools to lose $1.7M in budget cuts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 9, 2009

From staff and AP reports

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education is telling school districts how much money they’ll lose because of budget cuts.

Gov. Haley Barbour announced last week that because of weak state tax collections, he was cutting the overall $6 billion budget by 2.9 percent.

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The cuts to education, however, are 5 percent because education was funded at record levels and Barbour said some other agencies were already receiving less money this year than last.

Vicksburg Warren School District will lose more than $1.7 million from the $37.8 million originally slated to come from the state.

Superintendent Dr. James Price said today local adjustments are not needed because $1.8 million in cuts were already factored into the budget passed by the school board in March.

“It’s already built in to the current budget,” Price said.

Some examples of other district budget cuts:

• Greenville County schools are losing $1.5 million from the original $32 million allocation.

• DeSoto County schools are losing $6 million from $130.5 million.

• Gulfport schools are losing $1.1 million from $23.2 million.

• Brookhaven schools are losing $596,079 from $12.9 million.