Mathews: No big cuts next school year

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews doesn't want to make any drastic budget cuts next school year, like this year, but furlough days are still under discussion.

During the Newton County Board of Education's monthly work session Tuesday, Mathews said the system will remain cautious with all of the uncertainties in state and local revenues, but he doesn't plan to make drastic cuts for next school year.

"We could take the coming year and see how things shake out," he told school board members. "I think we should give ourselves some time and have a more constant and productive (2012-13 school year)."

He said the system will keep an eye on the General Assembly, which recently began meeting and could meet up into April, as was the case last school year. But because the school board made $8.2 million in cuts coming into this school year, he doesn't expect any cuts this year.

However, he did recommend that the school board include six furlough days for next school year's calendar. Six were recommended for this school year, but the board worked it out to be four instead.

"No," said school board Chair Almond Turner. "I feel we have a good group of employees ... and we just voted to give them some days back. I feel we should give them the days we have given them. They deserve it."

School board member Eddie Johnson said he agrees that they deserve it, but he is concerned about potential deficits for the 2013-14 school year -- Mathews said that the system could be operating several million dollars in the red, if revenues and expenditures stay the same.

"I think that's going to be devastating to us," Johnson said. "We're going to set off an alarm."

Turner said he would agree, if the system didn't have the funds, but NCSS is expecting to have $6 million in reserves at the end of this school year.

Mathews said if the board keeps four furlough days this year, instead of six, then it would add $880,000 to the deficit at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

"You can have pain now or pain later, but I believe you will have the pain," he said.

The school board decided to table a decision on the school calendar until February.

"I think it's too early to make this decision," said board member Shakila Henderson-Baker.


Sarge44 3 years, 7 months ago

somebodys working really hard to get reelected and its somebody who needs to hang it up for a change


oside2705 3 years, 7 months ago

what is devastating to you is your deputy superintendnet please someone give him a great reference and get him out of the system he hangs around our school down hwy 36 too much and street committee say none of his buildings are being done on time


bigmike 3 years, 7 months ago

The associ. super is trying like heck to get out so I agree, do what you can to get him out. And let him take his wife with him. They don't care about the kids in this county, they are out to advance their careers. Trust me on that.


RV30015 3 years, 7 months ago

turner wants reelected but it is time for someone who thinks on their own he knows mr matthews is right on this


MsLoy 3 years, 7 months ago

Well if the Kiwanis Club wont punish him for what he did who knows all i know is the school board they ought to look into this man with Kiwanis and find out if this is who we need bringing his family and friends and putting them in jobs on Whatleys watch that we need to get rid of. How many of him does it take to screw in a light bulb I guess a whole team. I am sending my board member the scoop lets see what happens with it.


WJCCSchools 3 years, 7 months ago

Somebody is worried about re election time. Somebody who is sayin "no."


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