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Budget Fix No. 497: Use Sheep to Cut Grass

Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

You know it's baaaaaad when they start calling in the sheep.

Andrew Holt | Getty Images

After Pennsylvania slashed $900 million from the education budget, school districts had to start getting creative.

In Carlisle, Penn., where they took a $2 million hit, the school district has done some progressive things like installing solar panels to save on energy costs. Their latest effort is a little more low-tech: They brought in seven Romney sheep to mow the grass.

The sheep, which usually sell for around $200, didn’t cost anything — they actually belong to the principal of the middle school.

“They’ve done a good job,” Schools Superintendent John Friend was quoted as saying on Stateline.org.

A stroke of shear genius.

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