Fayette County School Board members address budget shortfall

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - During Monday night's Fayette County School Board meeting, board members discussed the budget shortfall the district faces.

In an email sent to staff last week, Superintendent Tom Shelton says the Fayette County School District has to address a $20million budget shortfall. Monday, chief academic officer Lu Young said 90% of the district's budget is tied up in salaries and staff benefits. She suggested a change in how the district calculates instructors based on student population that could save at least $11million.

"Some reductions in positions to schools, as well as increased student-teacher ratios by only about one student per grade level. So we're looking at an overall package of reductions that would entail about $20-million from this year's budget to next," Young told us Monday.

School board members say they're trying to avoid layoffs. Instead, they say they'll likely start with not renewing contracts of some staff members.

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