Douglas County Schools Consider Ads to Raise Cash

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) – The Douglas County school district is considering selling advertising spots in its auditoriums, cafeterias and sports fields to help fill a budget hole.

District financial officer Kay Turner told the Douglas County Sentinel that the system needs to make up for a $775 million decrease in tax revenue in the last two years, as well as a $67.8 million reduction in state funding since 2003. A report Turner presented to the county school board last week shows that advertising could appear on chairs, trays, dishes, napkins and sneeze guards in cafeterias, the stages and seat backs in auditoriums and bleachers and fences on sports fields.

Turner said other larger districts in Georgia have done similar initiatives to help create extra revenue.

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