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Schools Look to Cut Jobs, Calendar

The Bartow County system is facing a possible $2.1 million in budget cuts for the 2012-2013 school year.

At a Monday board retreat held at Rome's Berry College, Superintendent John Harper said the system is facing an additional $2.1 million shortfall in fiscal year 2013, and recommended the school board consider a number of changes, reports.

Those include employee layoffs by way of cuts to middle and high school programs; the program into elementary schools; and saving money on energy costs, including moving from a 180- to a 175-day calendar by starting school two days later and adding three days to Winter Break.

Students got two days off this year with a Winter Break day and a teacher work day.

During the 2010-2011 school, the system found itself that locked down buses for a week.

The upcoming school year would be the third affected by cuts, and two years of teacher furloughs would continue. Haper's standing recommendation to continuing furloughs would carry over into next year, the newspaper reports.

Following for certified staff and a continuing decline in state funding and property tax collections, Bartow Schools last fall and further trimmed .

Now school systems are facing another hit—a 200 percent jump in health care costs for classified employees, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Brande Poulnot February 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Scary thought, Larry. My kids are 8 and 3, and I sure hope they continue to be among the brightest as they grow older. It wasn't always easy for me in school, even with few funding worries. Y'all tell me what the solution is to the problems of public education because I don't have a clue!
Larry February 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM
So I suppose we want to keep the stupid stupid, huh? That will keep them in their place (and buying lottery tickets...)
Bill Thrasher February 29, 2012 at 01:47 PM
The reality is that some students do not find themselves attracted to a traditional curriculum, while they may very well be attracted to a vocational curriculum. Keep the basics in place for vocationally based students to this extent--teach them how to write a sentence, do some arithmetic and teach them how to use a calculator for those operations that may require more, i.e. computing board feet or how many shingles to buy. In today's shrinking economy and very tight resources, not everyone can be a rocket scientist. Some of us end up as cops, or radio people :)
Bill Thrasher February 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Larry..very simply...you are an example of what the "alternative" should be all about. Somewhere along the way, somebody taught you to write complete sentences as well :) Tell you what. Let's not scrap the entire system. Let's just rebuild it so it will actually work! Thanks for the comment
Bill Thrasher March 01, 2012 at 11:26 AM
oh, as an aside, let's put the kids in school uniforms as well. without a doubt, a good idea

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