A sports program likely won't be getting cut from Georgetown County middle schools.
The program was one of several proposed to be cut from the district's more than $60million budget at a recent school board workshop in an attempt to make more than $2 million in cuts.
Superintendant Randy Dozier said at the school board meeting on Tuesday night that the district heard from many parents and community members about the need to keep middle school athletics.
"They were pretty passionate about this issue," Dozier said. "It's one of those things that might be more than it's worth."
Restoring that $79,600 program would mean additional cuts would have to be made to other areas, said Lisa Johnson, the district finance director.
Johnson said the department is "reviewing other areas for reductions" and is "confident" the sports program will be able to remain.
Johnson also pointed out to board members that they have the ability to increase the district millage by about 1.7 mills, bringing in about $900,000 more.
That increase would affect second-home owners in the district, Johnson said. But she said she did not have exact numbers available Tuesday night about the resulting millage increase cost per home.
Board member Teresa Bennani said she would support such an increase.
"It would allow for us to have additional revenue," she said. "It's something we should strongly consider."
In response to recent discussion about closing Plantersville Elementary School and sending the students to Browns Ferry Elementary School, Johnson said the district is getting some proposals for costs associated with reviewing the current attendance zones for schools and the student population and proximity to schools.
Several parents spoke during the board meeting about why their schools should not be closed to cut the budget; board members have previously said they prefer other options.
But closing Plantersville Elementary, which has only 97 students, and sending them to Browns Ferry Elementary, or closing Carvers Bay Middle and sending the pupils to Carvers Bay High would save $1.6 million.
Johnson said she would have more information about proposed staff cuts at future meetings as the retirements and resignations for the upcoming year come in.
At the previous board meeting, it was proposed that the district cut up to 55 positions, some of which were a result of terminating stimulus fund programs.
The board took no action on any of the budget items.