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      School board approves tentative budget with $690,000 shortfall

      There is currently an $690,000 budget gap. The school board met in front of a packed room of citizens. / Cody Long


      The Dougherty County School System approved a tentative budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

      There is currently an $690,000 budget gap. The school board met in front of a packed room of citizens.

      Concerns raised were about furlough days. The tentative budget cuts furlough days for teachers from four to two.

      Board members are also trying to find ways to fund new textbooks.

      "I am appalled that we haven't had new textbooks in fourteen years," said Board Member Carol Tharin.

      Most of those present at the meeting were from Albany Early College. Funding for the program will soon run out and the board is trying to find a way to keep that program in place.

      Representatives from the program want the location to stay at Albany State University.

      Board members will now meet to discuss and approve a final budget.

      Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as the story develops and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 p.m. for more information.

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