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Cobb School Board passes 2013 budget

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Meeting Monday morning in a special called session, Cobb County's School Board passed a 2013 budget after failing to agree on several proposals last Thursday night.

The new budget is not as austere as new Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa had wanted, but he told 11Alive News Monday morning he can live with it.

It still includes eliminating 350 jobs through attrition and adding two more students per class.

But instead of five furlough days, employees will only have three next year.

Also, instead of cutting Media Parapros back to just a 60 percent schedule in elementary schools, they will stay at a full time schedule.

The 177 day school year will NOT be cut more, as originally proposed.

Connie Jackson, president of the Cobb County Association of Educators said she was pleased the board passed the budget.

"Teachers can move on with their lives over the summer without worrying for the fall," she said.

The less severe cuts still come at a cost. The school system will have to take $28 million from it's $99 million reserve fund.

That will leave $71 million in reserve and it takes about that much to run the system each month.

Dr. Hinojosa said that's still a big concern, but he hopes a gradually improving economy will make it doable.

But he warns they can't dig into their rainy day fund like that for the 2014 budget.

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