Fair: More budget cuts no big deal
During Monday's candidate interviews in Tampa, Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair told then-candidate and now-commissioner-to-be Eric J. Smith that the next commish will face a budget cut of 4 to 10 percent, and asked where Smith would start paring. But Smith's answer (he'd used the board's strategic plan as a guide) may not be as interesting as Fair's take on more cuts.
Asked by The Gradebook if another round of cuts would be frustrating or distracting, Fair said no, and no.
"If you say 50 percent, I'd be in a state of shock. If you say 25 percent, I'd be concerned. But 4 to 10 percent? Nah," Fair said. "If it's like any other governmental budget, there is some fat there."
- Ron Matus, state education reporter