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Oliver: More cuts may be ahead
Budget, continuing to improve academics top challenges
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Dress codes. Bus routes. Budget cuts.

Those are just a few of the things Bryan County Schools Superintendent John Oliver has already been faced with on an interim basis.

His to-do list apparently hasn’t changed much now that the job is his permanently.

"There are some things we’ll concentrate on, and we’ve already done some little things that hopefully will allow administrators to deal with instruction rather than other things," he said.

Oliver was named as superintendent of Bryan Schools on Tuesday after nearly 10 months as interim superintendent. During that time dress codes have been modified and school start times in Richmond Hill have been staggered to ease traffic congestion.

"We asked and the board agreed in a modification of the dress code so administrators weren’t spending 50 percent of their time enforcing it," he said. "Thanks to our parents, the modified school days have honestly gone better than I could ever have anticipated."

Yet perhaps the most significant change Bryan Schools have seen is in the budget.

Over a span of several months school officials reduced its $53 million operating fund by some $4 million and still had to adopt a 2 mill tax hike to maintain service.

That still might not be enough.

 Read more of this story in Saturday's Bryan County News.


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