Schools funding cut approved in Durham

From Staff ReportsJanuary 28, 2009 

— Durham County commissioners have approved a $3 million reduction in funding for Durham schools after County Manager Mike Ruffin reached an agreement with School Superintendent Carl Harris.

The cut, approved Monday night, represents 3 percent of the schools' 2008-09 allocation, the same cut already made in funding for other noncounty agencies to meet an anticipated $14.25 million revenue shortfall.

Ruffin said the agreement worked out with Harris will mean that the reductions shouldn't have a negative impact at the classroom level.

To cover the reduction, the schools are using $2.7 million from uncommitted state lottery funds and giving up $400,000 earmarked for capital projects, including some maintenance, he said.

The Durham Public Schools' board must approve the details of the agreement.

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