December 8, 2010

Montgomery County cuts school budget 1% ($19 million)

BETHESDA, Md. - To understand the impact of massive budget cuts on a prestigious school system like Montgomery County, we visited Bethesda's Walter Johnson High School and spoke to its principal, Chris Garran.

"Losing resources always hurts," Garran said.

Walter Johnson is a school community of just under 2,200 students.

"Obviously when you're taking money, important money from the schools, it's going to affect what we're doing here," explained Garran.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has ordered $19 million in cuts to the school system's budget as he struggles to close an expected $300 million budget gap. School system officials say they're already imposed a hiring freeze and a freeze on certain expenditures.

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