STANFORD — The Lincoln County Board of Education has finalized its new staffing allocations for the coming school year, and each of the district schools' councils have decided what will be done with the new allocations.
From a financial perspective, the new staffing allocations cut the equivalent of six full-time teachers across the district. But the actual changes created by the new allocations vary widely from school to school, based on what the local council decided to do.
At five schools — Lincoln County High School; Lloyd McGuffey Sixth-Grade Center; and Stanford, Highland and Waynesburg elementary schools — the allocation changes are resulting in job cuts.
At Stanford Elementary, which was cut by the equivalent of 2.8 full-time teacher positions, Principal Dan Story said the council decided to eliminate three full-time positions.
"What we will be losing is our art teacher and two classroom teachers," Story said. "It will … possibly have a negative impact, but we've just got to come together as a faculty and staff. Regardless of what the student-teacher ratio is, bottom line is we've got to educate our students and that's what we'll do."
The elimination of two full-time teachers means larger class sizes.
Story said this year was the first year Stanford had a full-time art teacher and the students enjoyed it a lot.
"The kids are very disappointed," he said.
In order to make up for the lost art time next year, school administrators are "working on a plan to integrate art within the regular classroom," he said.
Lincoln County High
High school Principal Tim Godbey said his school will be losing an agricultural teacher and a social studies teacher. The high school was cut by the equivalent of 1.45 teachers.
Godbey said there was no feasible way to cut .45 worth of a teaching position, so a whole position will be eliminated and the remaining funds that are freed will go into the school's instructional funds.
Over the past five years, the high school has lost eight teachers, none of whom were cut from the agricultural or social studies areas, Godbey said.
"Those two areas had not been touched during that time frame, so that was the reason we went with those two areas," he said. "Anytime you cut positions, obviously something gets sacrificed. We want to make sure that the core academic curriculum is not, and we have ensured that."
Godbey said the main impact on high school students from the cuts will be fewer available "Career and Technical Education" options via elective courses.
"I know there are some folks that are disappointed in the choice that was made, however it's important to note that we did not cut the (CTE) program, we've cut some pathways in the program," he said. "They have … limited choices in some of the pathways they can take. There's not as many options as there were before."