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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