Some eastern Kentucky schools facing budget cuts

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HARLAN/MIDDLESBORO, Ky (WYMT) - Many school districts across eastern Kentucky are trying to figure out how to cut hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars from next year's budget.

School officials say this is not the first year they've seen these cuts, but figuring out where to make them never gets easier.

For Middlesboro Independent Schools, it's $1 million.

The school district of about 1300 students will have to cut eight teaching positions, lose some central office staff, and even cut bus routes.

Superintendent Rita Cook says it's a painful process, but they are not alone.

Harlan County Superintendent Mike Howard says they are having to cut $1.8 million.

Howard says they are doing it in a variety of ways, but it will include some cuts to teaching positions.

"We are going to have to make a lot of deep cuts that really hurt our county and our economy, but we are trying to protect the classroom as much as possible," said Howard.

Howard says the cost of educating students is going up, but the funding is not.

Previously, we reported that Middlesboro Independent Schools were cutting the choir programs at the middle and high school, but the superintendent tells WYMT the board had a work session and decided not to cut it.

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