Harlan County School Board Discussing Possible Budget Cuts

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

An Eastern Kentucky school board discussed budget cuts Thursday night and some may soon be without a job.

Harlan County School officials say county funding problems mean several people will be losing their jobs and that's not the only budget cuts.

School board officials say they needed to cut at least one point five million dollars from their budget for next year. They approved cutting staff in the primary grades and grades four through eight, but the Harlan County assistant superintendent says the quality of education will not be affected.

"So if we added two or three students to each grade level, then we're just raising that up a little bit. We still have a very very good ratio," said Mike Howard, Assistant Superintendent of Finance.

They also decided not to buy new schools buses and eliminated several bus routes.

Board members say anyone affected by the job cuts will be notified by the end of April.

Board Chairman Gary Farmer says they will visit the issue of a property tax increase in the fall and says if the county had never lowered the property tax several years ago, they wouldn't be in a financial bind now.

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