Proration Hits Alabama Schools

With all of Alabama's school district facing a nine percent decrease in their budgets, schools are trying to make the best of it.

"We were already at the bare bones in the beginning," said Sumter County superintendent Dr. Fred Primm. "Now, we'll just be cutting from the bone basically."

Because of education cuts statewide, Primm says Sumter County schools are facing roughly a $10 million.

Knowing that this likely would happen, Primm said his district has been preparing all along. Although the law concerning these cuts will not allow reductions to be made in personnel or salaries, Primm says cuts will likely be made in the areas of sports and field trips.

"We'll be looking at how far we're traveling," said Primm. "We're going to be looking at reducing field trips, those kinds of things. We'll have to cut everywhere we can."

Because of the cuts Primm says next year there will likely be larger classes. He says this will be the case because, as teachers retire, unless absolutely necessary, the district will likely not fill those positions. The district will likely not be able to afford new text books either.

Primm says the district will likely delay any renovation plans or purchases unless the funds are already secured and must be used for that purpose.

With the district already having cut $5 million from its budget for this year and now preparing to cut an additional $2 million plus, Dr. Primm says the district is bracing for even more expected cuts next year.

"We anticipate about 2 years of tough times," said the superintendent. "So, hopefully the economic cycle will be on the upturn at the end of next year and we'll be able to kind of regroup."

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