The Baldwin County Board of Education voted Thursday night to pass a 2010 budget that is more than $75 million less than the 2009 financial plan.
The board voted 6-0, with member Angie Swiger absent, to approve a total budget of $267.2 million. The budget for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30 is $342.7 million. Losses in state funding and local revenue were the reasons for the difference, Jean McCutchen, system financial officer, told board members.
“We’re back at 2005 levels of funding with 2009-2010 growth,” Hollinger said. “But Mrs. McCutchen and her staff did an outstanding job. This has not been easy and very difficult steps had to be taken.”