School system fights budget crunch

By: Paige Quiggins
By: Paige Quiggins

It's been a tough year for school leaders in Magoffin County first, the tornado that damaged buildings and kept students at home for days and now some hard decisions thanks to budget woes.

Magoffin County School officials had to make some tough decisions in balancing their budget and some people will not be returning to work for the 2012-2013 school year.

Board members went over a budget reduction plan, which has not yet been approved, but they did okay a hiring freeze and recommended doing away with certain positions.

“We have a declining enrollment and we also have a decline in revenue from the state side and the federal side so you can no longer afford to have what I would call additional positions out there just to drain on your resources,” Superintendent Joe Hunley said.

Nine non-tenured teachers are not expected to have their contracts renewed for the upcoming school year after just under one million dollars was cut.

The superintendent says the March tornadoes pushed the budget talks back.

The school system is the largest employer in the county, so letting people go is not easy.

“It is difficult in trying to decide which is the least, which has the least impact on student instruction and trying to not to think of it as people, but it is hard not to because you know who the people are,” Hunley said.

Officials still have a lot to look over in the budget reduction plan but it is not yet known when they will meet again to vote on it, but it will have to be soon, as the budget must be passed by the end of this month.

Hunley says he has talked to Governor Beshear and Congressman Rogers about getting more funding.

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