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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  • by Jon Location: Youngstown, Florida on Jul 25, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    It would seem to me that the Board of Education will not take an approach that will save millions in the long run just for the sake of continuing their wasteful ways of excess. My friend and I through several e-mail replies to Ryan Neves have suggested the use of Open Source Software (OSS), Linux, and BSD to replace Microsoft Windows, which costs for the software, the installation, the End User license Agreements (EULA's), equipment, and support. We even compiled some information citing Fortune 500 companies that use OSS and Linux and also showed where the present information technology and equipment could still be used and presented this prior to the April 2012 School Board meeting. Basically our ideas were dismissed completely. It is time for the School Board to look into any feasible way of saving money. And yes, using Linux or any OSS is a feasible way to save taxpayer dollars and to prevent the loss of providing a quality education to our children as well as preventing layoffs. Many countries who lead the way technologically and in education (China being one of the many) use Linux operating systems in manufacturing, technology, and in education. The taxpayers of Bay County need to wake up and push our appointed and elected officials into utilizing all viable options to save money and not continue the status quo of unwisely appropriating money out when it could be saved. Being creative while accomplishing the mission is what differentiates a good School Board official from one that is just mediocre or ineffective.
  • by Mike Location: Pc on Jul 24, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Cut all free school bus service and MAKE the parents provide transportation to and from school, since the GOP wants to CUT education, nationwide and only supports giving millionaires and corporations HUGE tax breaks on the backs of the poor and middle class. Eliminate all bus drivers,buses,fuel,maintenance and you will save millions. Some teachers already collect Medicaid and food stamps because the pay is borderline ridiculous! It's time to make these parents who continue to not vote drive their own kids to school since only 28% of Demos even bothered to vote. This is what you get!
  • by beach guy on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    Seems idiotic to me, they should eliminate the sports budgets of all the county schools, then there wouldnt be teacher cuts. Im all for sports, but the amount of $ spent on high school footbal is absurd.
  • by Mike Location: Chipley on Jul 23, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    What does any of this have to do with this story? Everyone has to live within a budget (except Washington, it seems), and if the school board has more expenditures than revenue, then cuts have to be made. You cannot pay with what you do not have. No one likes budget cuts, but, then again, no child likes being picked last in a game at recess... but hey, that's life. Life is not fair. Let's all try to understand this unfortunate concept.
  • by Carling Location: PC on Jul 23, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    Christy Carpenter, Committee Coordinator, Quote "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." There is a far bigger operating budget that can be cut that makes teacher salaries insignificant. Which as been brought to the attention of the the Bay County School Officials. Though nothing is being done about it, It would also be nice if the Bay County School Officials give the tax payers a total break down of their operating budget. Starting with what It's costing the county for Microsoft's end user License fees and support. The Bay County School Officials need to follow other States and Countries in cutting their government and education budgets by Millions and Billions of dollars annually. By using Linux Free Open Source Operating Systems and Education Software. Brazil's Schools Using Open Source Education Software It's estimated that Brazil is saving roughly $47 million in up-front costs http://ostatic.com/blog/brazilian-ministry-of-education-embraces-open-source-in-a-big-way Cutting down class time. Cutting dozens of teacher jobs is NOT the answer. The remedy is cutting out Microsoft to save the budget
  • by Jake Location: PC on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Thomas, I think you've got it right. I wonder how much we spend administering and all the other stuff associated with the FCAT.
  • by Don Location: PC on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    FCAT is a waste, but remember that it is not something mandated at the county level. The county HAS to administer FCAT. Thank your state and federal government.
  • by ittybittyme Location: pc on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    This is what an all Republican run state does for you. Happy now?
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      by Mike on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:56 PM in reply to ittybittyme
      You are correct! The GOP absolutely does not care one bit about education at all as anyone can see. Their goal is minimum wage teachers,no benefits,healthcare and kids dumped in classrooms with 50 or more students to a class, creating the perfect underclass to take over the field jobs after the illegals are removed from picking the crops. The GOP, American Dream, seems to be an $8.00 an hour part-time job, no benefits or health care, with every member of the family, including granny, working, to pay for the tax cuts for millionaires. The entire family, living in a rusty old trailer. Sad.
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        by Carling on Jul 23, 2011 at 08:41 AM in reply to Mike
        American parents don't care, Education starts at home from a very early age. My oldest Grandson 23 yrs old left school at 16 with the highest grades possible, went to collage 2 yrs, left collage with the highest grades possible, went to university 2yrs, Left university with honors degrees went to law school 2 yrs and passed with distinctions. Taught English at a chines university My youngest Grandson left school with top grades, went to collage left college with high grades, he is now waiting to go to university in September American parents need to find out what's going on education in the rest of the world. The American education system is years behind the rest of the world. Parents have computers they should do the research into open source software and use it to educate their kids from 2yrs through to university.
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          by Jay on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM in reply to Carling
          Judging from your response's spelling and grammar errors they surely didn't get their education from you.
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        by AL on Jul 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to Mike
        Sure, blame it all on the GOP, thats all we ever hear out of MIKE. LOOK, when we had a GOP president, the democrats ran congress, thats when things started to get really deep. Now we have a democratic president who said he would fix the mess that the GOP made, but has not done a darn thing to make it better. (keep in mind the Pres. cannot make changes without congress, the Dems. are blaming the GOP for this mess, but the Dems. were the ones running congress under the GOP Pres.) So you tell me, who is responsible for this mess???
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          by Jay on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM in reply to AL
          Bush had a democratic congress his last 2 years in office.
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          by AL on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM in reply to AL
          by Jay on Jul 26, 2011 at 01:22 PM in reply to AL "Bush had a democratic congress his last 2 years in office." ***Thats exactly my point Jay.. The ones who always choose to do the finger pointing at the Bush era GOP always seem to forget that fact.
  • by Sherry on Jul 22, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    I agree with that if the teacher passes the child that should be good enough, without having to worry if the child passes the fcat also.
  • by Thomas Location: P.C. on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    Stop the idiotic FCAT JUNK!!!! How much money would that save, and at least keep kids interested in school!
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