Several Kentucky school districts cancel Friday classes in wake of pension reform bill

Several Kentucky school districts cancel Friday classes in wake of pension reform bill
Teacher gathered in the capitol building Thursday night, yelling loudly as the vote was pushed through the house and senate. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Several school systems have called off classes for Friday in the wake of the passage of the pension reform bill.

At midnight Thursday, the list included schools in the following counties: Madison, Clark, Fayette, Scott, Jessamine, Montgomery and Pike.

Jefferson County Public Schools announced that just before 5 AM Friday that school would be closed due to a large number of teacher absences.

On Friday morning, Carroll County Schools announced on their Facebook page that school would be closed on March 30, due to "an unusually high number of employees calling in sick."

Marion County also announced on their Facebook and Twitter pages early Friday that school would be out of session for the day; this will be NTI Day 4.

Just after 6 a.m. Friday, Oldham County Schools joined the long list of districts calling off due to teacher absences.

Boyle County Schools announced that more than one-fourth of their staff called in sick on Friday resulting in the cancellation of their classes as well.

The Madison County Schools website on Thursday night said, "This has been a difficult evening for all of us in education. We share a passion for our students and for their futures that is unmatched and unwavering. Tonight we have to balance that passion with the need to stand in solidarity with others in our profession across this state."

Both Fayette and Jessamine County Schools said they were calling off classes because they did not have enough substitute teachers to cover expected absences.

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