COLUMBUS COUNTY -- Columbus County commissioners just made some big financial decisions. One determines whether schools will lose thousands of dollars in funding next year. County Manager Jim Varner says it was a tough decision but commissioners decided not to make budget cuts from area schools. Columbus County school administrators like Georgia Spaulding can breathe a sigh of relief. Last week commissioners decided not to cut thousands of dollars from the county schools' budget. Chadbourn Middle School Principal Spaulding said, "It is very important for our county to have a budget that will support our maintenance staff." The district will get the same funding they've received for the past two years and won't have to worry about cutting maintenance costs. Spaulding said, "When a child feels that they're in a clean atmosphere, conducive to learning, they take pride in that. And they take pride in their school." Another reason administrators are excited about county funding is they say the state will more than likely fork over additional money in low wealth grants. Those help fund everything from staff positions to technology in schools in low-income communities. "I don't know what I'd do without low wealth funds." The lack of this kind of funding last year cost several schools several teachers, including Spaulding's school. She says it'll be a challenge to cater to the same amount of students with less staff. "Some teachers will have to teach more than one subject this school year and that's do-able and teachers will do a good job, but it's tough." Administrators will find out if low wealth funding from the state comes through in September. That funding, which could amount to a little more than $3 million, would go towards the 2008-2009 school year.
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