Although the Jackson County School System ended FY2013 with a little more reserves than it had first anticipated, system leaders continue to struggle with trying to get a handle on the current year’s budget.
In its regular meeting last Thursday, the Jackson County Board of Education heard a slew of ideas from its administrative staff about how the system is trying to adapt to its financial crisis.
“We have got to do things differently,” said interim superintendent April Howard. She pointed out that because of the collapse in the local tax digest and cuts in state funding, the system is back at 2006 funding levels, but with 1,100 more students than it had eight years ago.
It also appears as if the county’s tax digest hasn’t yet hit bottom, either. Assistant superintendent Jamie Hitzges said that most projections from county officials now suggest that the system’s tax digest may fall an additional six percent this fall, a move that would be a devastating blow to the system’s budget.
“This will be our roughest year,” he said. He pointed out that the BOE would have to amend its budget this fall when the final digest numbers come out. Last year, the digest fell 10 percent, but the BOE didn’t react to the decline until February.
For the full story, see the Aug. 14 issue of The Jackson Herald.
The system is $4 million in the red. Instruction costs (salaries) are $40 million.
Simply cut salaries 8% for teachers and 14% for administrators and I am guessing this whole deficit thing would go away.
What kind of thinking cuts the teachers pay when they are already at or below salary levels from 2006 or earlier .... great way for teachers to want to teach with enthusiasm .... One day teachers will realize that they can't continue to work for next to nothing to start with and then have extra work and pay cuts pushed on them! At that point we will have a teacher shortage! Who in their right mind would go to school to get a degree in a field where all you get are pay cuts and furlough days... NOT ME!