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School system facing budget slash

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials are preparing to slash $18 million from the system’s fiscal 2011 budget, but the cut is less than had been feared.

Supt. Milton Kuykendall said April 22 that the district had been told by the state to prepare for a cutback that could have totaled $20 million, or 15 percent, for the DeSoto system, the state’s largest.

Cuts next fiscal year because of a weak state budget picture — and how much the cut would be — have been a topic of discussion among superintendents across the state for months.

The picture still isn’t entirely settled as local districts wait for the legislature to complete its work in Jackson, but Kuykendall tells The Commercial Appeal that an $18 million reduction is what his district is prepared to move forward with.

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