Schedule Changes To Cut Teacher Jobs

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

Bay County School Officials seem to be digging deeper in their pockets in an effort to deal with budget issues.

The district are proposing five recommendations that will affect the courses high school students can take, but with a budget shortfall it may also impact teacher’s jobs.

A committee comprised of parents, students and teachers gathered at the Nelson Building to hear how school officials plan to deal with the newest budget reduction measure.

In an attempt to save between $1.5 to $3 million dollars, the district wants to make changes to the course schedule which includes cutting down class time.

Bill Husfelt, Bay County School District Superintendent, "Right now, every student in high school are required to have 28 credits to graduate, [but] the state minimum is 24 credits. We're going to change to the state minimum most likely which will be 24."

Reducing class time means fewer elective courses which will cut dozens of teacher jobs.

Christy Carpenter, Committee Coordinator, "In the past we've been able to look at other programs and not have to look at teacher salaries, but at this point salaries make up so much of our operating budget, there's really no where else to cut."

The committee meets again August 1st to discuss the pros and cons of the recommendations. Each high school has until November to decide on a final recommendation, and present their decision to the committee.

Bay County officials say these changes will take affect for the 2012-2013 school year, NOT this year.

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