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Hattiesburg schools brace for budget cuts

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Public School District is bracing for more cuts to the upcoming budget.

2011 will be a rough one as the district was told to expect anywhere from 10 to 15 percent cuts for the fiscal year 2011.

District officials said personnel make up the biggest part of the budget at 82 percent, and cuts will be unavoidable.

They are now figuring out a new strategy to maintain daily operations with less.

 Communications Director Jas N Smith said nothing is confirmed, but they have already begun cutting back on overtime for employees. He said the district is looking at hiring freezes, employee furloughs, reduction in hours as well as reductions in pay and attrition.

"We have to come up with a plan that cuts as much as we can from as many areas as we can so we are not focusing on one pot, and this goes from superintendent's and central office all the way down," said Smith. "...every employee will be effected in some way or another."

Smith said the district plans on presenting a formal plan at the next board meeting on March 9.

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