Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to speak with you directly about the current financial crisis facing the Baldwin County Public Schools. First and foremost, I want to emphasize that despite the economic challenges that confront us, we have not abandoned our pursuit of educational excellence.
With regard to our funding crisis, we have been forced to cut our general fund budget by more than $75 million from FY 2009 to FY 2010. As a result, at least in the short term, it will be impossible for us to continue to provide the level of service that we have offered in the past. Nevertheless, let me assure you that our administrators, teachers and staff will work tirelessly to serve your needs to the utmost of our ability. However, the harsh reality is that on October 1, we will have 203 fewer support employees than we have today and about 175 of our current employees, who have been performing other needed functions, will be moved into the critical positions left vacant.
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