Madison Co. Board of Education meeting turns into heated debate

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. - (WKYT) - It's a proposal that teachers say deserves a failing grade.

On Thursday, the Madison County School Board discussed whether to make teachers take two unpaid furlough days next school year as a way to make up a budget deficit.

The board meeting became heated at times as those against the proposal made their feelings known.

The meeting was standing room only---the temperature was rising---and the debate continued heating up.

Next year, the Madison County School District will be nearly 3 million dollars in the red, forcing board members to decide if two furlough days would be the best solution to their budget problem.

“I want people to understand that there is no malice toward teachers on this board,” said Mona Isaacs, a member on the board of education.

But teachers felt that making cuts in the classroom should be off-limits.

“We have to do what's best for our students and we need a board of education that is going to work with us and listen to our input,” said Stephanie Winkler, a Madison County teacher.

They urged the board to find a better way to cut the budget.

“When cuts need to be made, the person that you look toward to cut from is the one who is giving their all every day,” one of the teachers said.

After fighting tooth and nail against the two furlough days, parents and teachers finally got their answer.

“Call for a motion to reduce school calendar? We will not amend the school calendar for next year,” Isaac announced.

As teachers and parents walked out of the school, it was clear that there was an overwhelming sense of relief now that this issue has come to a close.

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