Limestone County Schools considering cutting teachers

The board of education could cut a total of 33 position, but not all of them are teachers.

Posted: May 22, 2018 11:12 PM
Updated: May 22, 2018 11:13 PM

The Limestone County Board of Education is considering a resolution to cut staffing in the district by 33 people.

Some of them are teachers.

The resolution would cut 16 teachers from the district, 12 support staff members, and 5 central office staff members.

Superintendent Tom Sisk told WAAY 31 the proposal will save the district $1.7 million a year.

According to him, the move is necessary to get the district's one month fund balance back to where it should be.

The fund is there as a safety net for the district to pay all staff for a month in case state and federal funds come in late.

Sisk didn't give specific totals, but he said many of the 16 teacher positions being cut will be covered by teachers who are already retiring and most of the remaining pink slips being handed out on Thursday will go to teachers who were likely going to be let go anyway.

"We're not pink slippin good teachers. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, we're not doing that. Maybe one or two will get caught up in it, but by and large no," said Sisk.

The cutting of teachers will directly impact student to teacher ratio's throughout the district.

District 7 board member Earl Glaze said in the meeting he's not comfortable with the staffing cuts.

The board will vote on the proposal Thursday morning at seven.

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