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Dr. Murphy Considers FY2016 Budget

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09-11-2015 (HCS) - The city of Hoover is at a critical point where residents must decide what they want in their school system and whether they are willing to pay for it, Superintendent Kathy Murphy said tonight.

Murphy’s comment came at the first of two public hearings on the school system’s $168 million budget for 2016, which is expected to include a $10.4 million deficit.

The superintendent, who has been leading the Hoover school district for just 3 ½ months, said the system cannot continue on the same financial path it has been following in recent years. Budget deficits continue to add up year after year, draining the school system’s overall fund balance.

“At what point do you bottom out on that?” Murphy said. ”How many more years can we take that kind of a hit?”

Murphy said the school system clearly is going to have to look at finding staffing levels that are sustainable. Right now, the Hoover district pays all of the salaries and benefits for 622 of its 1,824 employees. That’s 34 percent, and it costs $35.9 million, she said.

She wonders if the system can really afford to keep doing that, she said.

See more of this reporting from the Hoover Sun.