BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) – More than a dozen teachers are fired in the North Boone School District due to budget cuts. The decision comes the same night as the school board approved a new teacher contract.
14 employees may not return to the district next school year. It’s a decision the North Boone School Board President says was going to happen with or without a new contract.
13 teachers and 1 administrator will be let go because the district is struggling with a million dollar budget deficit. That’s more than double the number of laid off teachers compared to the 2013-2014 school year.
Board president Don Ward says these are annual cuts necessary to keep up with shrinking class sizes. He believes these changes shouldn’t drastically affect students.
“It’s difficult for any school board. I mean and when you start talking about teachers and their families and making layoffs it’s a difficult decision for any employer," said Ward.
The president of the North Boone Education Association says the group feels betrayed, especially since teachers took a pay freeze as part of their new contract to help save the district money.
Ward says there’s a chance some teachers may return, depending on enrollment and if more teachers are needed. The board will have to make more cuts, which ward says they’ll look at all areas including staff and transportation.