Schools prepare to operate at reduced budgets

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) –  Public schools across state are now taking steps to prepare to operate with reduced funding after a 2% increase in proration.

The Governor says it's all because BP rejected a claims payment to Alabama; he blames the Attorney General's lawsuit against BP for the company refusing payment.

But the Attorney General denies it.  He says the additional proration is because of the Governor's mishandling of state funds.

Teachers and principals say the cuts will mean lots of sacrifices.

Wetumpka High School Principal Richard Dennis said, "We've been without funding for textbooks and teacher instructional money for a while now, so it's starts to impact us severely at this point.  We don't have money to put supplies in the classrooms, and we have to make repeated requests to parents and the community to help you supply those materials."

Some school districts in our area say they may have to take out loans to be able to balance their budgets, but a spokesperson for Montgomery Public Schools says they do not anticipate having to borrow funds for this fiscal year, which ends September 30th.

King says he won't withdraw the lawsuit with BP, and plans to move forward.

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