LARGO, Fla. - The Pinellas County School Board cut approximately $50 million from the operating budget during Thursday night's meeting.
The board planned on slashing between $55-60 million, but voted to save jobs in three areas:
Preserving those jobs, however, means that approximately $4.7 million will not be cut from the budget. The school board directed the superintendent to look for savings in other areas to compensate.
If those savings can not be found, the additional $4.7 million will be covered through staff furloughs. The proposed cuts already include more than $7 million in furloughs.
The school district has already had to cut $118 million over the last five years.
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