Pee Dee school district continues to fight budget cuts

Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Despite nearly $10 million in budget cuts, officials in Florence School District One say they're continuing to balance budgets without impacting students and teachers for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Larry L. Jackson says a conservative approach to budgeting teamed with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has allowed the district to absorb its costs without widespread layoffs.

"Over the past years, the district has used attrition to help off-set some of the budget cuts," Jackson wrote in a recent district-wide newsletter. "We are again recommending to the school board that we use the same approach."

Jackson has also recommended to school board officials that the district under-budget the state recommended base student cost by $105 per student. The move, according to officials, has allowed the district to absorb mid-year cuts.

Over the last 18 months, Florence School District One has had nearly $10 million in budget cuts. District officials say the real challenge will come when stimulus funding runs dry.

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