Fayette County Board reviews comments regarding budget shortfall

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The discussion on how Fayette County Public Schools will cut $20 million from its budget continues. For several weeks, the district hosted input sessions to hear ideas on where to make cuts. Tuesday, the Board of Education held a special meeting to review comments.

Superintendent Dr. Tom Shelton says the input sessions couldn't have gone better. He says the most common idea was reducing the number of calendar days for employees across the board. He says removing two days would save $2-3 million off the budget next year.

"That was consistently shared across the board as an idea, as opposed to reducing staff," said Shelton.

He says any staff reductions would be through attrition and the majority of cuts would be made in administration and through district services. He also insists no programs will be eliminated. No final decision has been made.

Shelton says input sessions may become a regular occurrence.

"To me, it's going to take our entire community to be committed to our schools, to get us where we want to be," explained Shelton.

A budget plan will be drawn up for the board to discuss and review in April.

The district has to approve a budget for next school year by May 1.

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