Schools now face drastically reduced budgets

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Though citizens in Marengo County and all of Alabama overwhelmingly rejected Gov. Bob Riley’s $1.2 billion tax proposal, there are consequences some agencies of the state must now face.

Demopolis High School Principal Ronnie Roberts said that with the plan failing, the school’s budget would be reduced by $5.5 million dollars.

Roberts added that operation and maintenance and transportation would be cut, and the cutbacks would be "very severe."

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Westside Elementary Principal Mary Glass said that she wished the plan would have passed.

Glass said that the plan would have helped to fund some of the school’s programs as well as enrich the school’s curriculum. She said the plan would have helped to help hire more certified teachers and support staff.

West Side Elementary Librarian Lori Giles said that with the plan failing, that funds to the school’s library would be cut.

Demopolis school system nurse Geraldine Walker said that with Amendment 1 failing, that funds would be cut for the school’s health care program as well.

Marengo County School System Luke Hallmark now expects there to be a reduction in personnel.

Eddas King-Easley, who serves on the Demopolis City School Board as well as owning The Suburban Express Tax Service as well as the Omnifarious Books and Gifts Shop, said that the plan would have been a great asset to the state of Alabama.

Erin Eckert, admissions counselor for the University of West Alabama in Livingston, believes the entire Black Belt region will be hurt because of Tuesday night’s outcome.