District Officials Confirm Teacher Job Cuts

Bay District Officials are confirming some teacher jobs are on the line in the midst of the struggling economy.

School Superintendent Bill Husfelt sent an email Friday to school administrators and school board members.

Citing extreme budget cuts and lower student enrollment for the job-cuts, Husfelt wrote quote: "It saddens me to inform you that we are now going to have to release as many as two dozen teachers and reduce the paraprofessional allocated hours effective December 19th, 2008."

Deputy superintendent Judy Vandergrift says that's since been reduced to 5 teachers. She says those affected are currently under their probationary period.

Husfelt further states in the email that "the district has made every cut at the Nelson building we can, and in fact, we are in the process of moving staff out of their assignments here and back to the classroom as certification allows."

Husfelt did not return our calls Tuesday for further comment on the situation.

In an email sent to Bay District Principals, Asst. Principals, and Admin. Asst's. from Bill Husfelt.
The email reads quote:

“Just as our state and nation are experiencing financial challenges, Bay District Schools is no exception…During this difficult time; we have made every adjustment possible without directly affecting the classroom. However, it saddens me to inform you that we are now going to have to release as many as two dozen teachers and reduce the paraprofessional allocated hours (Project 0266) effective December 19, 2008. This is due to two main factors: extreme budget cuts from the state and lower student enrollment.

I need each principal to begin considering how much to make the needed adjustments within his/her school and begin making plans for schedule changes. I know how terrible this is for so many and if there was another way, we would do it. The District has made every cut at the Nelson Building we can, and in fact, we are in the process of moving staff out of their assignments here and back to the classroom as certification allows.

You will be notified Monday if your school will be affected and to what extent. I thank you in advance for facing this situation head-on and I ask you to let us know if you have any questions.”

Bill Husfelt
Superintendent of Schools
Bay District Schools


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  • by 3rdYearTeacher Location: Panama City on Dec 25, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    I thank God for calling me into the classroom and making me the teacher I have become. Now in my third year, I have seen some promising, talented young educators not return from Christmas vacation or summer break. As budgets continue to shrink, we will see more and more annual teachers released from employment, not asked back for another year, or not given a continuing contract. Despite a steady FTE count and meeting AYP, my school will not have the budget to keep everyone. Knowing the obscene amounts of money funneled to the 60 Bay County DROP teachers, I take issue with the advocates and participants of DROP and hope there will be a change of hearts and an end of all participation in the program.
  • by Keith Location: Panama City on Dec 18, 2008 at 07:14 PM
    Perhaps if the school board would have listened to Macalister when he suggested cuts they wouldn't be in this mess. I blame them for not following with the budget cuts then. Now the impact could be more significant especially if they have used any rainy day funds to continue operation. When will the elected leaders in this county learn to make wise fact based business decisions and not cave to political pressure.
  • by mary Location: southport on Dec 18, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    I heard a rutherford teacher was let go also.
  • by david Location: blountstown on Dec 17, 2008 at 04:16 AM
    Maybe Mr. Sansom could help out? Give him a big job,problem solved.
  • by Killian Location: Lynn Haven on Dec 17, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    About.com reported that employers use 3 job sites most to find quality candidates. www.linkedin.com (professional networking) www.indeed.com (aggregated listings) www.realmatch.com (matches you to jobs) Good luck to those seeking work.
  • by mstweetybird Location: Bay on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    So goes the economy!! People wake up.We are in a Depression. This one will surpass the the one in the 30's. Get ready -- when we lose school teachers we lose all around. Better learn Mandarin Chinese or Arabic because they own us.
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