Johnston City Makes Drastic Budget Cuts

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By Sam Jones
By Andy Shofstall

JOHNSTON CITY -- Thursday was a tough night for everyone in the Johnston City school district. The board announced changes that will impact all schools.

Beginning next school year, the district will eliminate art and consumer science from its curriculum, lay off two teachers, and leave vacant four positions left open by retirement. A fee of $25 will be tacked on for sports, and golf as a team sport will be dropped. 

The board made all of the cuts in unanimous votes at Thursday's meeting. Changes that brought a lot of emotion from everyone involved.

"We have a lot of students who are planning to leave the district because they have places they can live in other towns around that are still gonna offer art," art teacher Kathy Rushing explained.

"This is year number 33 in education. Tonight's the toughest night I've ever had," said Johnston City Superintendent Terry Milt.

Milt says all of the decisions are subject to change until the start of the new school year in August. Johnston City schools must overcome a $900,000 budget shortfall.

 

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