The Jackson County Board of Education voted Monday night to trim 10 staff members off its payroll, citing increased fuel costs and a decrease in local tax revenues.
This will be the third year the school system has reduced its workforce, Superintendent Shannon Adams said during the board's work session on May 5. When combined with less state funds and a mandatory austerity reduction, Adams said the cuts were necessary in order to stay financially sound.
"We still have an austerity reduction, and the going rate to transport students to and from school, and the number of students (is up)," he said. "So we have to face financial challenges, but we continue to be an austere school while we face those challenges."
The board plans to cut two media specialists, one and a half business education teachers, two elementary teachers, half a transition coach position, two instructional coaches, a pre-kindergarten teacher and a middle school teacher, saving the district close to $640,000 in salary and benefits.
No administrative positions were cut.
For the full story, see the May 11 issue of The Jackson Herald.