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Jefferson Davis County school district prepares for cuts

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JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Coming out of conservatorship from the state, the Jefferson Davis County School District, like all districts, is having to finds ways to cut an already thin budget and personnel may need to be the focus.

Superintendent Ike Haynes says the district has already been cut more than $700,000 this year and is expected to budget for 15 percent less next year.

The district is no stranger to financial problems having been taking over by the state department of education once already.

Haynes says despite the cuts, mandated by the state, he's confident his district will bounce back.

"To put together a budget in those kinds of conditions is going to be a huge undertaking," said Haynes. "We're going to provide every academic opportunity for our kids available and we will have school and we will be a successful school so parents should not be alarmed. We're going to make the necessary cuts that are precipitated by budget constraints, but we're going to have a successful school here in Jeff Davis County, no question."

Haynes says priorities have to be addressed first and personnel issues need to be looked at, since it makes up the largest part of the budget.

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