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East Texas schools mull upcoming budgets, unfreezing salaries

East Texas schools mull upcoming budgets, unfreezing salaries
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 7:27pm

With the news that Gladewater ISD is hoping to unfreeze salaries in its 2012-13 budget, other area school officials said their decisions are not so easy to predict.

In 2011, the state Legislature cut $5 billion from its education budget, resulting in two years of revenue losses for public school districts statewide. With another wave of revenue loss coming, 2012-13 budgets are uncertain, officials said.

“Hallsville ISD’s share was a reduction of $2 million and then another million for next year,” interim Superintendent Jim Dunlap said. “So our plans for budgeting the 2011 through 2013 school years were with the full understanding that the state was reducing our funding by $3 million. For the long term, we will continue to lose a million dollars per year from the state until the law is changed.”

Hallsville is looking for ways to make cuts and reductions without sacrificing its core instruction program while maintaining its extracurricular and support programs, Dunlap said.

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