School Systems Discuss Job Cuts

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Kentucky schools cut 975 jobs and counting.

The cuts are to make up for cuts in the state's two-year budget.

The Kentucky School Boards Association is surveying all of the state's school districts and so far, the cuts include more than 400 teaching jobs and about 520 classified positions.

Salaries take an 80% chunk out of the Perry County School System’s budget and balancing the books meant laying off 48 teachers aides.

“That was detrimental not only to our school system but to the community as well because, small rural community, I mean we know these families, and we know what that means to not have a job, not have health insurance,” Jody Maggard, Perry County Schools Financial Officer, said.

Perry County and many other districts aren't filling vacancies left by retirements.

In Pulaski County schools, class size for Kindergarten through third grade is up from 20 students to 24, the largest the state will allow at the primary level.

“When you are increasing the number of pupils to a teacher, when you are maybe having to lose classes because you don't have as many English teachers or Social Studies teachers, that's a concern,” Brad Hughes said.

Surveyors plan to use the data to lobby the 2009 General Assembly for additional funds, because they say the retirements and the reserve money that school districts relied on so much this year, won't be there to bail them out next time.

“That means to us that if that funding is going to remain the same as it is this year, then the board is going to have to make more hard decisions and usually that relates to personnel,” Maggard said.

School officials worry if the trend continues it will turn bright graduates away from a career in teaching.

Calls to other school districts in the region were not immediately returned.

Surveyors aren't yet releasing county by county numbers they're still collecting data.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:42 PM
    Teachers are a very important part of a child's educational process. Without teachers what type of future are we going to have?? Who is going to try to teach children what is appropriate in society, who is going to teach them the basics they need to know in order to succeed in life. I am a teacher and I know what it takes to get through to these children. To those of you that think teachers do not do anything, walk a mile in our shoes and see how it feels to see a child come to school and it be their only refuge from a bad homelife or it be the only time they are fed. Teachers do more than they are given credit for. Teaching jobs should not be the first to go. What is more important - Teachers or gas for away ballgames? Have we gotten to the point that sports are more important than education? Are sports going to carry students throughout their life? Are sports going to put food on the table when they have their own family? NO -- EDUCATION does and teachers provide that!!!!!!
  • by Jerry Location: Lex on Jul 31, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    Just figure out how much more you feel like paying in extra taxes and I am sure the nice people in Frankfort will be more than happy to fix the school system, keep all the bad guys locked up in prison, have the best road system in the world and give every state worker, teacher and healthcare worker the extra big raise that they deserve.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Jul 31, 2008 at 02:21 PM
    Where are all these people supposed to find jobs now? It is not fair to them, but just think how unfair it is to the kids who will be crammed into classrooms to save money. Can't they use that lottery money to pay the teachers?
  • by teacher on Jul 31, 2008 at 09:25 AM
    When KERA came into being back in the early 90's, teachers were given ways to have their pay increased. For example ESS(now in Pike County the elect few get to teach summer school) It is the same ones every summer(TitleI people). There was incentive if we reached our goals. Everyone in the school received over 1,000 dollars if we reached our goal. Our school is way over the goal for 2014, we don't get anything. We did even get instructional supply money last semster. I think that every teacher should retire and let the people who think or try to tell us how to teach take over our jobs. Let them support us instead of us supporting them.
  • by cat Location: pike county on Jul 31, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    to me, Bet you don't even work me. I bet I pay for your trips to Wally World where you see all of the teachers.
  • by terri Location: east ky on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    This is what happens when elected officials prefer to support 4 wheeler mud holes rather than education.
  • by joe Location: ky on Jul 31, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    common sense is never used simple answers are never sought 1 1 too often becomes a b when it is really just 2
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Jul 31, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    Isn't that what the surplus from the lottery is supposed to benefit? That was my understanding when it was put on the ballot. There's supposed to be a big surplus from lottery sales this year, why not use it for what it was intended and keep these schools up to par. There's no reason for lay-offs in our education system. Make cuts in Frankfort and help Kentucky's schools, if that's what it takes! There's no excuse for not hiring Teacher's when they're needed. Don't make the kids suffer for the state's frivilous spending (like spending $7k on planes for the Governor and his entourage).
  • by Justice Location: Pike County on Jul 31, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    I understand that the money is in a crunch but why cut our teachers. My husband is a certified teacher and he has been trying to get a job for two or three years. There is a need for teachers at the schools he talks to but they are told they can't fill them by the Board. Instead they end up hiring substitutes to fill these positions at the sub pay to save money and most of the time these subs are not even qualified to teach that position. Education to me is the most important in any state. We need to give children the proper education and give them the attention they need to succeed. We see everyday the numbers of unemployment just keep raising. I would like to see our schools improve more, you have to remember that these children we are teaching are the one who will be teaching someone else in the future.
  • by Someone Location: Prestonsburg on Jul 31, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    This disheartens me so much! Education in the last 15 years has gone down thanks to KERA and is now reaching pathetic! Ungraded primary started somewhere in 94 if I have my years right and I see these children now who can't even do long division without the help of a calculator!!! I wanted to quit school in the 5th grade I hated long division so bad...LOL Education doesn't need to be cut anymore, so we've made a few strides with KERA big woop when you stand back and look the big picture, the basic education that kids really need to know, they aren't learning. My point to all of this, don't cut education, get rid of what doesn't work and cut budgets elsewhere. Look at things from this angle, does a high school football team really need to travel 3-4 hours to play a football game.. NO!! Also, by no means do they need 4 buses to get there either. I'm not saying cut everything completely out just look at how money is spent!!! I can already think of several ways to save alot of $!
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