School districts learn just how much to cut

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - School superintendents across Mississippi received a breakdown Tuesday of how exactly much funding they'll lose this year. Last week, Governor Barbour ordered school districts to slash five percent from their budgets after the state received lower then expected revenues.

The cuts to education total $103,529,838 statewide. That includes cuts to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) and a special fund for classroom supplies, buses and building renovations.

Here's how the cuts will affect school districts in south Mississippi:

Hancock County $840,674
Bay St. Louis $351,021

Harrison County $2,594,874
Biloxi $937,233
Gulfport $1,072,463
Long Beach $614,395
Pass Christian $306,636

Jackson County $1,789,608
Moss Point $708,742
Ocean Springs $1,111,232
Pascagoula $1,419,848

Pearl River County $669,745
Picayune $767,222
Poplarville $472,484

George County $964,594

Greene County $460,774

Stone County $603,391

Forrest County $527,547
Forrest AHS $120,028
Hattiesburg $916,314
Petal $861,734
Laurel $570,937

Lamar County $1,777,093
Lumberton $186,510

School leaders must now figure out how to cover the budget shortfalls.

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