By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE -- As this school year draws to a close, the school district's budget cuts will have Fort Pierce students and parents facing some changes.
The approximately $14 million dollars in budget cuts come from both behind the scenes restructuring as well as the closing of some schools.
In Fort Pierce, parents and children will see Dan McCarty School, which currently serves grades 3-8, transition to a middle school, serving grades 6-8 only.
Another Fort Pierce school affected by budget cuts is Garden City Early Learning Academy, which will shut its doors at the end of this school year.
Fort Pierce Magnet School, which was discussed and recommended to also be closed, will remain open.
On the administrative level, all administrators will take a two-day furlough.
One of the most talked-about recommendation was the bussing of students to the schools. Buses are some of the more costly expenditures for the school district, and to cut costs, the school board decided to modify, rather than eliminate, the bus transportation to the more remote areas of the county.
Other cost-saving measures made included increasing the pay to play fee for certain athletics, reducing the use of outside legal services and reorganizing specific departments within the school district, such as student services and the maintenance department.