40 Annual Contract Teachers Appointed

Forty annual contract teachers have been appointed to Taylor County Schools for the upcoming year.

Some of those vacant positions could've been scraped due to financial limitations.

The Taylor County School District's staffing plan for the 2009-10 school year is shaping up.

The school board appointed 40 annual contract teachers.

Taylor County resident Joe Wilson said, "That's good, that's good. Let them put it in the classroom, let them put it to the teachers and education. That's the future of the country, education."

Twelve of the teaching positions will be funded through the county's portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is part of the federal stimulus package.

Superintendent Paul Dyal says if it weren't for that money, some of those vacant positions would've been cut altogether because of a strained budget.

Dyal said, "For every salary that you cut, you're really cutting a face. In a small district, all those faces have a name. So, it's not been very pleasant."

Dyal says the federal funds help tremendously because the district is just making up a $1.8 million deficit, on top of receiving $3 million less than the year before from the state.

Latrelle Wilson's daughter taught in Taylor County for a year back in 2004. Her daughter is now a school teacher in Georgia.

Wilson said, "I am very happy to see that my daughter is not having to go through this, because she would be really stressed out and I would be, too. I can imagine the parents and the teachers here, their struggle and worries with that."

As of now, there are eight teachers that will not be returning... but the district still has six positions to fill.

The stimulus funding is for two years.

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