Teachers Fight Cuts in Taylor County

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

School budget struggles continue in Taylor County. Tuesday night, many employees saw a five percent cut in their salary get passed by the school board, however, teachers won't agree to any cuts just yet.

School Officials say the Taylor School District is looking at a 770- thousand dollar deficit overall. Last week, five days of unpaid leave for teachers was a possible solution to recover 380-thousand dollars of the school budget. However, the teacher's unions say that decreases the required days they are supposed to teach in a year.

Now, a pay cut is another solution proposed by the school board and the unions want to be sure the cut is absolutely necessary. Paul Burdette with the Florida Education Association is a negotiator with the teachers' unions in Taylor County. He said, "Now we come with an imposed pay cut, which they can do, but only after going through some extreme measures and the extreme measure is going into financial emergency and having the commissioner of education come here and do that."

At Tuesday night's board meeting, five percent cuts were made for all board members, the superintendent, administrators, and some grant funded positions. The teachers' unions say they want to be sure all the proper cuts were made before their salaries are cut as well.


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  • by Danny Location: Perry on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    GV, to answer your question would add credibility to your worthless drivel. Your asinine comments and your inability to Carry on a conversation with calling people names and acting like you do is a direct testimony to your level of intelligence. I for one am done with you. I could care less where you reside. Your input means nothing to most of us on here. You have been dismissed.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    Yeah,Yeah,Yeah and you learned how to spell IDIOT too!Kudos to you....That is one of our stipulations to living in Taylor County...You do have to know how to spell IDIOT...You passed....COME ON DOWN
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    Very well said anon.But for your info,idiot,I reside in Taylor County as much as I do in Georgia,idot.Again,Idiot.You know so much to be an idiot,don't you?
  • by whatever Location: fla on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    what do we need a school for anyway. and you dont need but one principal to run a school. especially in madison central
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Posted by: GV Location: Ga on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:49 PM Who said I don't live in Taylor County,Idiots? I think this is a case of "THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK" I SAY LET THIS PERVERT RANT AND DO NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO HIM! HE MUST BE LACKING FOR ATTENTION AT HOME IN GEORGIA.EVIDENTLY FROM LOOKING AT ALL COMMENTS ON WCTV HE/SHE HAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO,EXCEPT CALL ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES.OH AND THIS IS FOR ALL THE OTHER COMMENTERS ON HERE ONLY! IN NO WAY AM I INCOURAGING MORE OF THESE REMARKS FROM A PERSON THAT NOT KNOW WHERE THEY RESIDE AT..
  • by TaylorCountyCitizen on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Tom - I read the report the state published on the district's finances. It didn't find that the district was too heavy in administration. I also wasn't aware that the district had a spokesperson. Who would that be? Anonymous - The school board met this week and voted to cut their own salaries. They had already cut their salaries by 8% when they gave up a month's pay. This new cut is on top of that. Also, I think you're confusing me with someone else on TCT because I've made it clear from the beginning that academics--not athletics--are the primary responsibility of schools. If sports have to be cut, I'm okay with that. NFCC cut out all sports, and other schools have done the same.
  • by Maddie Location: Florida on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    I feel that cutting the pay of the teachers will result in the children receiving inadequate knowledge because the teachers will not have the incentive to go the extra mile. There should never be a cut in education because we are always telling our children to go to school and get a good education. There are too many politicians in Tallahassee making high salaries and working less time than the teachers in the school systems. Why don't the politicians and other high salary people take a cut in salary and that will free maybe 2 to 3 million dollars for education. Every time there is a cut, it is always the children and the old people that have suffer the consequences. Where is our love and compassion for the young and the elder?
  • by GV Location: Ga on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    Who said I don't live in Taylor County,Idiots?
  • by Anonymous Location: Perry on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    What would be wrong with cutting pay from people on the board, that has two jobs instead of cutting the teachers pay?Don't some of these people work at Buckeye? Or County commissioners pay Can't you people find someone/something else to cut? TaylorCountyCitizen, you act like you know what all is wrong here, yet you have said not a word about cutting out any sports! Just why would you rather see the teachers pay cut rather that do away with some sports here? I know your feelings on that subject because I read your comments on tct. You and some more here just care more about that subject that finding out what is going on in our town, with the ones that you and others keep in office. I see citizens like you part of the problems here,instead of the solution. I have found out that here in Perry, it is "who you are, and what you got" matter most in what you are able to do in this town. We need people who care in office here.
  • by cherry on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    i bet taylor schools will be in on the 4 day school week if the FL lawmaker passes it
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