School Cuts Teaching Position despite Community Protest

It was a meeting where the Adair County High School SBDM Council would decide whether to fill an agricultural teaching position since a teacher recently retired.

Hundreds showed up to talk and listen at the meeting.

One of the main points discussed was the county's economy, and how big a part agriculture plays in it.

"We need to keep our agriculture program exactly how it is because what the economics tell us. How much cash dollars it is agriculture produces, and it produces approximately 43 million dollars annually," said David Herbst, wanted to hire new Ag teacher.

"We're more than double the majority of the surrounding counties. Our income is 43 million dollars to the economy of Adair county. I think our children deserve to have the opportunity to learn in that area to develop the knowledge in those kids to be successful," said Crystal Caldwell, wanted to hire new Ag Teacher.

However, Principal Troy Young says Adair County has faced several teacher cuts.

"We've lost an English position. A position and a half in math, a social studies position, a position and a half in foreign language, a music position, an art position," said Young

The ultimate decision though, was one, that several there opposed.

The council decided not to fill the position, and have just two agriculture teachers.

Instead, they decided to add another foreign language teacher since they currently only have one in panish, and no upper level classes, just Spanish one and two, which now there could be a chance those classes return.

This decision comes, even as State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer sent a letter to the school urging them to fill the teaching position.

The position will be substituted until the end of this tri-mester in early November.

Then, there will only be two ag teachers at Adair County High.


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