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30 teachers laid off in Oldham County

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Cynthia Lawrence Cynthia Lawrence
The final budget vote will come this fall after tax rates are set. The final budget vote will come this fall after tax rates are set.

GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) – Thirty teachers were cut from Oldham County Schools. This is just one part of a decision made by the Board of Education in order to cut $3.3 million out of its budget.

The school board approved a tentative budget on Monday with these lay-offs included.  

The laid off teachers were all notified last week. Superintendent Dr. Will Wells said special education and regular teachers were let go from every school in the district. Most are teachers with four years experience or less.

It's tough news for parents and students and the district says it was a tough decision to make.

"This was their first year at the school and in this school system and they've gotten so much out of it, they learn so much," said Cynthia Lawrence, parent. 

Lawrence's two daughters are about to finish their first school year in Oldham County. It's a great year, now ending on a not so happy note. 

"I don't find anything good about these budget cuts," said Lawrence. "I find it disheartening that they would consider laying off any of the teachers here at any of the Oldham County schools."

Emily Gosney, a 7th grader at North Oldham Middle School, says she was crushed to recently learn one of her math teachers would not be returning.

"Since she is my favorite teacher, I was kind of shocked, because she would be the last person I think that they would layoff because she is such a great teacher," said Gosney.

The Oldham County Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve the tentative working budget for next school year. 

Board member Walt Schumm voted against it. "It's not that I particularly oppose the budget," said Schumm. "I would just like to make it known that I would like to see continuing work on reducing expenses before we talk about increasing revenue, i.e. taxes."

Wells says the school district must cut $3.3 million dollars from its budget, due in part to declining revenues, state cuts, and mandatory expense increases. 

Now all eyes are on board members as they plan to set the tax rate this August. 

"We have cut everything out of the operational areas that we can cut," said Wells. "The only thing left is fewer teachers in our classrooms and we are still going to have fewer teachers in our classrooms with the cuts that we have already made, but we look in our classrooms as a last resort."

The final budget vote will come this fall after tax rates are set. With the current proposal, 20- 30 additional staff positions have also been cut.

For a more in depth look at these budget cuts click here. 

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