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Fifteen Martin County school employees face layoffs

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - As many as 15 employees - including teachers - in the Martin County school system could soon be without jobs.

Members of the Martin County School Board discussed the possible layoffs at their meeting Monday before an audience of more than 50 people eager to share their concerns.

More than 70 school employees also face salary reductions.

The cuts are necessary to offset a state-mandated increase in salaries for some teachers, Martin County Superintendent Steve Meadows said.

Meadows said a decline in student attendance really hurt the school system's budget.

"We have got to stop the declining value of education in Martin County," Meadows said. "It's generational. And it's a cultural shift. Our kids have to be in school every day. If not, then we wind up here every year."

WYMT talked to several school employees facing salary reductions who said they may be forced to make tough decisions.

"I would have to cut back on everything," said Shelby Horne, a library media clerk. "Utilities, travel, everything."

Board members did not vote on the proposed cuts Monday, but may take action at their next regular meeting in June.

If they get laid off, some teachers may be called back to work later this year if the budget outlook improves.

Board members voted four-to-one to eliminate the position of transportation director once the person who currently holds that position retires. They're hoping that helps prevent some layoffs and salary reductions.

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