Leaders of the Jackson County School System unveiled a major revamping of the system’s financial and administrative structure last week. Although the moves are being driven in large part by serious financial pressures, the changes also include a major shift in the system’s administrative focus. Some of the moves are designed to shift more responsibility onto school principals and other local-level administrators as it pares down central office staffing by having fewer administrators carry more duties.
At the heart of the changes is an effort to cut spending by $6-$7 million next year to halt the system’s slide toward red ink. Included in the financial cutbacks plan is the controversial move to consolidate some facilities on the East side of the county starting next fall. However, the system plans to have only two furlough days for teachers next year unless the financial condition gets worse.
For the full story, see the April 3 issue of The Jackson Herald.