The Jackson County Board of Education has announced it will lay off 40 people for next year. Commerce superintendent of schools James “Mac” McCoy has warned that his system could face layoffs too.
That is the natural consequence of state revenue cuts. Most school systems spend close to 90 percent of all their funds on personnel, so while schools can pinch pennies by cutting back on supply costs, equipment purchases and try to cut utility expenses, there’s only so much they can do in times of revenue shortfalls before they have to cut personnel. In fact, after last year’s cuts, there is virtually no other area where significant savings can be accomplished.
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