The recent lay-offs of 35 employees of the Laurel School District including 17 teachers and paraprofessionals was a blow not only to those who were RIF’d but to the residents of the district.
The school facing a $650,000 for the 2012-13 school year cut the deficit by $450,000 leaving the district scratching where to find another $200,000.
School Board President Patrick Vanderslicewho was just elected to the board then named president last year, which became a hot seat, says the district is looking into other costs cutting measures, including cutting administrative positions are on the table.
There was public out cry when Laurel did not lay-off any administrators especially after a study showed Laurel having more administrators per student than any other school in the state. Cutting administrators will be difficult since the board recently voted 2-yr contracts for most of them.
Cutting administrators could easily erase the deficit. and calm some of the community members.
At this moment cutting sports activities is off the table; the community is still upset by the loss of their band director who also served as drama teacher.
Vanderslice hopes the new budget from the General Assembly which will be signed by the governor effective July will enable the school to rehire some of the teachers who were RIF’d.
The question is will the better ones be rehired or is the board and administration going to the good-ole-boy system and return some of the bad tomatoes?