Taylor County Schools to Consider Options to Unpaid Leave

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Teachers and Taylor County residents are watching the reality of tough economic times hit close to home. And they're trying to find alternatives to making teachers take five days of unpaid leave over the next several weeks.

Paul Dyal, Taylor County Schools Superintendent said, "By law, we've got to finish with a balanced budget and we're looking for areas where we can cut or how we can make up those moneys--so tonight is really just an information session."

The district is left with a 770-thousand dollar deficit and the teachers' time off could recover about 380-thousand dollars of that. School officials say the deficit is from budget cuts and a student population decline. And while teachers agree they need the money--many do not want to see their fellow staff members lose their job.

Kay Cantrell, a second grade teacher at Perry Primary School said, "The opinions that I'm hearing in the hallways are, no we don't want to loose a day's pay, but if we can save one job--it's worth the cut."

The next step for board members is to meet with the teachers' unions to resolve the matter, but time is short. School Board members and teachers will have to come up with a resolution by Monday. If they decide to take the five days of unpaid leave any later than that--teachers could have to take at least two of the days in the same pay period. The Taylor County School Board already has plans to negotiate an agreement with teachers before the end of the week.

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  • by Teacher#4 Location: Perry on Feb 7, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    How about giving up supplement pay for coaches and sponsors. We will see who is in it for the kids or just the money.
  • by Parent Academics #1 Location: Perry on Feb 7, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    As a parent of a child in a Taylor County School I’m so proud of the two for stepping up to the plate. All we have heard from the new superintendent is please make suggestion about this crisis. Here is finally a reasonable solution for the problem. Isn’t academics supposed to be taught first. Here are two individuals that want to spare teachers jobs. This proves academics first and sports second. I want to watch and see what our new superintendent is going to do. Does he really cares about athletics more or teacher’s keeping their jobs, and allowing academics to be number ONE. Kudos to you two men. Help save teachers job, not at the expense of Football or athletics.
  • by What are they thinking? Location: Leon on Feb 5, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    What is more important sports or people job? If these two men can do the job why are they not being talked or are they? They are obviously in it for the kids not the money.Sounds like they really care about their school and their staff members. You GO you Two.To me it's a no brainier. Are they going to fire people and not pay teachers for a couple of days, and then hire a coach? What kind of sense is that? If it would save my job I would defiantly find out more. Hopefully, before these two came to their senses. Somebody find out more. I wish more people in leon would stand up and do something like this.
  • by TaylorCountyCitizen Location: www.OurTaylorCounty.com on Feb 5, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    "our schools" - There are no failing schools in the Taylor County School District. As a district, Taylor received a "B" rating from the state the past two years. Last year, every school in the district earned a "B." It's hard to compare Taylor's schools to Aucilla since they're not graded by the state.
  • by don'thaveastudentbut... Location: Perry on Feb 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    Has anyone noticed how many Taylor County children are getting on and off at the Aucilla bus stops? No wonder we have a "student population decline." Just wondering why so many parents choose to PAY for their child to be bused to an out of town school when they still must pay school taxes in Taylor Co. What is wrong with the educational system in Taylor County? Is it the teachers? curriculum? administrators? sports? discipline or lack of? If someone could figure out WHY the students are leaving town for an education then maybe we could remedy the sitation, get the students back in our own classrooms, receive the funds that currently are going elsewhere for them and that might help us get back on track. And instead of asking our teachers to work for free let the administrators who do much less work than teachers and are not totally responsible for our children, let them work a day or two for free each week and then we might really get back on the right track. How about it?
  • by our schools suck Location: perry on Feb 5, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    momto4, there is a decline because the school system here in Taylor county sucks, they are a failing school, so many parents have sent their kids to either a private school or are home-schooling them. I have had to talk with my daughters teacher, principle, and bus driving many times about my daughter being bullied, we are at the point of pulling her out too.
  • by teacher#3 Location: Perry on Feb 5, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    The word around town is that 2 current experienced coaches/teachers at the high school have volunteered to take on the additional duties of Head Coach and Athletic director, AND split/absorb the additional classes up so that when The head coach leaves, the district would NOT have to hire anyone to fill his teaching or coaching position, these 2 men would be willing to do this with no additonal supplement or pay. Let's see, depending upon who the district is looking at, a salary could probably be about $40-50K, the head coach and athletic director's supplement would add up to about $15K, and that famous grass cutting money is about another $10K........so let's see here, we have 2 qualified and dedicated individuals (currently teaching and coaching anyhow) who have stepped up and offered the district a way to save between $60-$70K...... this plan could save 2 or 3 lower level jobs in itself! Why aren't we taking them up on it before they come to their senses?
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 5, 2009 at 03:46 AM
    If all the parents would pay the kids lunch debts they wouldn't be over budget.
  • by Teacher#2 Location: Perry on Feb 4, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    I completely agree with Momto4. Sports for our students, no matter the grade, is very important. Many coaches get a small supplement for the many hours they put in and the majority of coaches do it for the kids and not for the money. If these kids do not have something after school to be involved in, they will potentially get themselves in trouble. Imagine the free time on their hands if they were not involved in sports. I did not see where SOS said to cut the band. I guess the band is educational in SOS's eyes, and it is very educational, but so is athletics. Athletics teaches children responsiblity, leadership, teamwork and pride in their school and community. We need to not only keep our children in classroom but also very involved in school activities and organizations to keep them busy and out of trouble.
  • by Tim on Feb 4, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    sos, most of the sports budgets besides football is supported by the boosters. Parents who raise money for refs, uniforms ect.. There are some buisnesses that donate hefty amounts each year. There have been many offers to coach for free by some really good people but politics have ruled that out many times. There are ways to cut beginning with the number of administrative positions and the amounts they make. That alone would free a tremendous amount and nearly balance the budget. Just go to the HS anytime and see 4 people in the office drinking coffe or just standing around. That's about 120k right there.
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