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CCSD: Budget must be cut by millions over tax collection shortfall

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The Charleston County School District says it will have to reduce the current year's budget by "several million dollars" to make up for a revenue shortfall.

In a statement issued Thursday, CCSD spokesman Daniel Head said local property tax collections will likely be below some of the projections the district used to create the current year's budget.

"We do not yet have all the facts, details and analyses needed, but based on information we received last week, it appears CCSD must reduce our current year's budget by several million dollars," district officials said in a statement.

District officials say they do not anticipate staff layoffs or furloughs.

However, Head says the district will immediately curtail out-of-district travel, invoke a hiring freeze and look for ways to reduce spending "across the board, including asking certified district staff to fill in where we have classroom vacancies."

Head said the district is forming a committee of teachers, support staff, parents and business leaders to help formulate budget reduction recommendations, but is not recommending reductions to student services or instructional programs.

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