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BCSD to Trim Funding to Academy for Career Excellence

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. - One lowcountry school may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding.

The Beaufort County School District voted to cut nearly $300,000 in funding to the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence.

"It can be expensive to operate programs here, we're not talking about traditional books, pencils and paper," said director, Dandi Daniels.

For the more than 375 students attending ACE, classroom materials are more-hands-on. Whether its cooking supplies for culinary arts or livestock for veterinary skills, these items can get pricey, says Daniels.

"We are operating as lean as we can operate right now, the budget for the 2014-15 school year is reduced already by about $147,000."

And that's why school officials pitched a hefty budget, $2.3 million--a budget that got the axe by the Beaufort County school board, they say the schools reserves are too full to give them more money,. 

"We reduced that by $288,000, which is 2/3 of their reserves. And we are going to take that $288,000 and put it towards expanding our own career and technology programs," said Board chairman, Bill Evans.

But officials at ace say they are already operating on a tight budget and in order to make up the money, everything from staff layoffs to program cuts are on the table when the board of directors meets Thursday.

"We are looking at ways to make operating the center leaner, beyond that I cant speak to any changes that may occur as a result of the Beaufort county school districts decision. Those will have to come at the direction of the board," said Daniels.

Daniels says a plan should come to light after that meeting.

The school district presents its 2015 budget to county council for the first time Tuesday evening. The council must hold three readings and vote before the budget gets adopted.

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