Locals fear Governor Bevin's pension proposal

WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Governor Matt Bevin's newest pension proposal has local superintendents and teachers concerned. The proposal entails that benefits would stop for teachers after 27 years of service. With the lack of incentive, some fear the teacher shortage will increase, meaning classroom sizes would become larger, and students will not get as much attention.

"This is going to impact my future; this is going to impact how long I am going to be able to teach and make it," said Tara Coomes, science teacher at Bowling Green High School.

There is also concern around the lack attracting and retaining teachers in Kentucky.

"We want to put ourselves in a position where we can continue to attract and hire the very best people," said Rob Clayton, Superintendent for Warren County School.

13 news was also able to talk with Gary Fields, Superintendent for Bowling Green inner city schools.

"It's a sad day that we we are going to tell all of these great and experienced educators that it's time to walk away from the kids and the classroom," he told 13 News.

Each educator encouraged the community to reach out to the representatives of Kentucky, and voice their opinion on it.

"Stand up for your teachers," said Fields.