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Tue December 1, 2009
Public Schools Brace for Budget Cuts
By Rick Howlett
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Education is warning local school districts to brace for what could be some burdensome budget cuts. State education commissioner Terry Holliday says the Department plans to cut spending by some $20 million over the rest of the fiscal year. Department spokesperson Lisa Gross says it's in response to Governor Steve Beshear's directive to state agencies to reduce spending by six percent to offset declining revenue.
"Within the next few days we should have our plan complete, and we have to present that of course to the state budget director and the Governor's office and then it will be reviewed along with other state agency plans and we will know something very shortly on whether we will implement these cuts"
The cuts will affect both the department's operating budget and spending for pre-school through 12th grade.