Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Art, JROTC in Line in Appling Schools; Board Considers Cutting Programs to Help Slash $2 Million from Budget

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Art, JROTC in Line in Appling Schools; Board Considers Cutting Programs to Help Slash $2 Million from Budget

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Byline: MIKE MORRISON

Art and the military arts may be coming back to the curriculum in Appling County.

The county school board voted in May to eliminate art and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps programs for the next school year to save money. But a show of public support for the axed programs has given the board cause to reconsider.

"If the people want to keep these program, we'll have to cut funds elsewhere or find a different means of funding them," board member M.C. Barlow said Wednesday. "We're not sure if we can save them yet. The bottom line is our revenue is a lot less than it's been and our expenditures are a lot more than the revenue."

The board's revenue for fiscal year 2010 is projected at some $27.5 million, with projected expenditures exceeding $29.7 million. That's with the cuts figured in. Barlow said the board is willing to be creative in finding ways to reduce its budget. Barlow said he and other board members will solicit ideas from other school systems this weekend when they attend mandatory training for school board members in Savannah.

"We'll listen to what other people who have gone through the same thing have to say," he said.

Eliminating art and JROTC would save the school system $400,000, with seven teachers either reassigned or let go.

Following the board's May 11 decision, several petitions circulated the county of 17,000 in support of the art program, generating a total of 2,200 signatures.

Retired art teacher Judy Johnson, who taught in Baxley for 28 years and started one of the petitions, said art is an important part of the educational process and not just because of the drawing and painting skills students acquire.

"Actually, teaching art at an early age helps with reading skills, mental development and learning ability," she said. …

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