Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BUDGET CUTS

Last night the school board made a decision. It was to approve $15 million in budget cuts. It was not a pretty sight to watch. This included the closing of one high school and one elementary school. They are also eliminating 91 teaching positions, ending the summer school program and cutting 9 administrative positions and reducing central office expenses by more than $3 million.

How does this affect me? I am not sure yet. We have a meeting on Thursday morning and I am sure I will know more then. But today I had the chance to go to the elementary building being closed. Not exactly the best time frame. We were collaborating with the building coach and the principal. We were reluctant to ask about how everyone was today. However, the coach was very up beat and said the staff was handing this well. This school is one that is located away from the urban life, almost in a field with major roads running on both sides of it. The school is like none of the other buildings in that it is more of a country school than big city district. It is so sad to see it go. Even if we all know this is best for the district, it is sad to see it go. Fortunately, I get to work there with their teachers a couple more times this year. I know the last time I am there it is going to be with a heavy heart leaving. My heart goes out to these teachers, students and everyone who has been touched by this school.

6 comments:

njregensburg said...

I am so sorry about this school, and for the teachers and students adn community that will be affected by the closing.
Murphy is a beautiful dog.

Mrs. Rogers said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Our district is in a similar situation and this news is so depressing. I worry so much about where our country is heading. I wish you well as you go through this time of transition. --Beth

-C said...

Very sad news for the teachers, students, and community! It must have been very hard to enter that building today. Thank you for writing and sharing!

-Carrie F.

Cathy said...

I have a friend at the high school that is closing. My heart goes out to all of Indiana schools that have to cut teachers and other people because the government doesn't realize what they are doing.

snowflakes6 said...

I feel terrible for those teachers and students who work and go to these schools. It is heartbreaking to hear.

jenbaum said...

I feel as though I have just bonded with you on a whole new level. I found out 2/1/10 that my job has been cut for next year due to our $15 million budget cuts. It is such devastating news, but I must say, it sounds like your cuts were more evenly spread. We are keeping all 18 elementary schools, but cutting over 100 teachers. All of us in professional development for literacy have also been cut. It really makes me scared for the future of our children in my district. :( Thoughts with you!