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Russell Co., KY schools make $560,000 in cuts

Packed house at meeting. Action taken at 2nd Special Called Meeting, two nights in a row. Teaching, staff positions cut. Surplus vehicles being sold.

By Jim Leib, WHVE-The WAVE Report
Reprinted with Permission of The WAVE radio, 92.7 FM radio

The Russell County Board of Education met Tuesday night, October 2, 2012, in a special called meeting for the second night in a row. There was a packed house with teachers and staff attending to find the fate of the Russell County School system.

Monday night, the Board met to discuss the fiscal shortfalls of the County schools and to discuss necessary cuts in teachers, substitutes and classified employees, in order to adopt a balanced working budget for 2012-13,

Superintendent Kenny Pickett discussed a necessary reduction in the school work force, reduction in salary schedule for substitute teachers as well as changes in school contracts and sale of some vehicles in order to meet the budget shcrtfalls.

A reduction in teaching positions and classified staff positions, along with other identified cuts should result in a reduction of nearly $560,000.

The Board voted 3-1 to adopt items 3, 4 in the reduction plan to achieve a balanced budget The crowded room was silent aa the need for future teaching and staff contract cuts was announced.

The board voted 4-0 to adopt the amended budget. Courtesy Larry Smith, The WAVE, 97.2 FM

This story was posted on 2012-10-03 07:32:11
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