Teacher Cuts

A cut in teachers will affect all of the schools in the Edmonson County school district.

"Here at our particular school we're being cut one and a half regular teachers, possibly a half time special ed teacher," said Phil Rich, principal of the 5th/6th Grade Center.

Rich also said in his 25 years of experience, cutting back on the number of teachers is not uncommon. He said it all depends on how much money is in the budget and how many students are enrolled in the district.

"No one likes it, especially the superintendent or the teachers because they're two people it affect the most," Rich said.

The superintendent of the Edmonson County School District, Patrick Waddell, said a slight decline in enrollment and a decrease in the budget over the last few years are part of the cause for the cuts.

"We've been dipping into our contingency fund to maintain our low student teacher ratios in the classroom and we're at a point now that we just can't do that anymore," Waddell said.

Waddell also said the district has cut from the transportation and maintenance departments and teacher cuts are a last resort.

"We can't cut anywhere else anymore. We have to look at the salaries and make cuts," Waddell said.

The district's first priority is looking at how the change in the student to teacher ratio will affect the students.

"I think everybody realizes that this is going to have a negative impact on students. The more students you put in a classroom, the harder and more difficult it is for that teacher to reach every student," Waddell said.

Waddell also said he's hoping after the final budget is finished he'll be able to hire at least three or four teachers back.

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