School board to meet tonight to pass budget

Residents and taxpayers will get a chance to weigh in on the Georgetown County School District's $68.3 million budget at public hearing at 5:30 p.m. today.

The meeting is at the J.B. Beck Administration Building, 2018 Church St., Georgetown.

This years will include some layoffs and other program eliminations due to budget cuts from the state.

The district faces a $3.6 million budget cut from the state in 2010-2011. The district is projected to receive $12.4 million from the state, down from $16 million this year.

The district also is planning to eliminate the teacher center to save $25,000; eliminate teacher tuition reimbursement, saving $75,000; reduce contract services and rentals, saving $85,284; and save another $2.3 million by using federal stimulus stabilization funds to pay for some teachers. The actions would free up money in the general fund.

The Georgetown County School Board is expected to have second and final reading of the budget tonight.