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School officials await pre-k budget impact
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Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced almost $20 million in cuts to the state’s pre-k program, but Bryan County School officials don’t yet know how that cut will affect their programs.

John Oliver, superintendent for Bryan County School District, and Brad Anderson, assistant superintendent for administrative services, said officials don’t know many details about the proposal. Anderson did assume that if the cuts were approved, they would be comparable to other districts.

“I’m sure it would be proportionate,” he said.

Gov. Deal recently proposed cutting $19.7 million from the state’s $355 million pre-k program, which is funded by the Georgia Lottery and gives 4-year-olds the chance to attend for free.

The cut is based on the shortfall of funds from the Georgia Lottery system, according to Stephanie Mayfield, a spokesperson for the governor’s office. There is an estimated $244 million shortfall in the Georgia Lottery revenues, which also pays for the HOPE scholarship.

For more, pick up a copy of the Feb. 12 edition of the News.

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