Warren County Schools Decision Forcing Bowling Green To Cut Jobs

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Bowling Green Independent Schools will be cutting teaching jobs after Warren County's decision to lower the number of county students going to city schools with state funding.

Superintendent Joe Tinius says the decision was made after the projected enrollment dropped for the next school year at four schools.

Prior to hearing about Warren County's decision ten days ago, Bowling Green anticipated cutting two teaching jobs for the next fiscal school year.
On Monday, after an annual board of education meeting, Bowling Green was forced to cut 5 more teaching positions since they expect attendance to drop next year.

"You never look forward to that day as a superintendent when you have to go around and tell them that they no longer have a job for the upcoming school year. So obviously, we were in hopes that we would not have to impact many people in that way this year, but that number now has increased," Tinius says.

Bowling Green Junior High and High School, McNeill Elementary, and Potter Gray Elementary will all be affected by this cut.

"We'll begin to make that notification today and tomorrow to all of our schools," Tinius says.

Teachers will be notified May 15th.

Warren County Schools made the decision to cap enrollment with state funding, after they received several cuts.

They hope this will help bring more students and money back to the district.

"Last year, we cut 23 teachers, and we cut 12 classified staff positions. We changed our high school staffing ratio from 21 to 1, to 23 to 1, and this was in preparation knowing that we were preparing for significant cuts that were coming our way," says Warren County Schools Interim Superintendent Kathy Goff.

Warren County's decision was short notice to Bowling Green Schools, but Goff says all school's are struggling financially.

"We definitely empathize with them because we too know what it's like. We got a little bit more of heads up last year and as our money continues to shrink from both the state and the federal government," Goff says.

Warren County's decision will bring nearly $4,000 per student back to the district.

The Warren County Board of Education is meeting tonight, but they will not be discussing or allowing public comment on this decision.

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