ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – One of Georgia’s largest school systems will increase most class sizes by two students and leave hundreds of positions vacant to cope with declining revenues.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday night approved a $1.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget represents a $5.8 million decrease from the previous year. School system officials say they anticipate no layoffs, but plan to leave vacant nearly 600 positions to save $43 million. They expect to save an additional $2.7 million by leaving another 54 positions vacant in the central office.

School officials will also maintain a hiring freeze and continue furlough days for employees.


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