FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -- Just as a new school year is about to get underway, a central Kentucky school district has had to make some tough decisions.
Fleming County schools laid off more than a dozen employees Tuesday.
During a meeting Wednesday night, the superintendent said he had no choice.
The Fleming County school board meeting touched on many topics, but it consistently kept the same theme which is the fact that the school district is in serious financial trouble.
The state recently met with the school board and told them the only way to reduce their deficit is by reducing the amount of staff on board.
On Tuesday, 17 employees were notified that they were going to be laid off which came as a big hit to the small district.
We're told that those 17 people were in non-classified positions.
The superintendent said unfortunately this isn't the first time he's had to announce similar cuts within the past year.
"It is devastating to anyone losing their job. This is the second time I've had to go through this and it's heart wrenching," said Tom Price, the Fleming County Superintendent.
The superintendent also said that there will be an audit of the school finances to determine the full extent of how the district got into it's current financial situation.
The school is also entertaining the idea of raising the tax rate, as well as making the district's athletics director position a stipend role within the school system.