A survey of school districts throughout the state showed that budget cuts were hitting home this year with 1,200 positions either remaining vacant or being eliminated this year.
The on line survey was conducted by the State Education Department to track “schools’ financial and staffing situations for the current school year.”
Of 532 districts in the state, 524 responded.
Perhaps most grim was the report that across the state 24 career teacher positions were eliminated in a year that the districts’ enrollment increased by 9,700 students.
Additionally given the current budget reduction, districts have cut 56 probationary teacher positions, seven counselor, 14 administrator and 235 support staff positions.
Administrative budgets are being cut across the state, and most districts cut somewhere between $1 and $20,000 from the budgets.
Ten schools have cut more than $100,000 from their administrative budgets.