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County School System Cuts

Postby the fluke » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:59 am

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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby GFunkMoneyDog » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:24 am

In his proposed list to the board, Howard said “Superintendent Cuts” that he will take at his discretion and do not require board approval.

Specific budget and position cuts Howard presented to the board include the following:

• Make instructional assistants six hours per day

• Eliminate one assistant from each high school sports team

• Reduce the attendance specialist position to a 185-day contract

• Move the Alternative School to the high school and eliminate one teacher

• Eliminate the drug counselor

• Eliminate the lead systems analyst position

• Cut central office finance salaries

• Eliminate the district-wide school nurse

• Reduce instructional assistants to a 181-day contract

• Change administrative assistants to central office receptionist/secretary

• Eliminate the Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) job coach position

• Eliminate one itinerant high school music position

• Eliminate the driver education position

• Change the high school athletic director to a teaching position

• Reduce the county-wide athletic director to a 185-day contract

• Eliminate one school psychologist from the central office

• Reduce school secretaries to a 7-hour per day contract

• Reduce the maintenance apprentice to a 220-day contract

• Eliminate head custodian pay district-wide

• Eliminate department head extra pay

• Reduce assistant superintendent from 55 to 47 extended days

• Reduce custodian base pay to a 181-day contract


Read more: The Harlan Daily Enterprise - County board cuts 1 8 million
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Legion » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:49 am

Superintendent Mike Howard has done the unimaginable by cutting one assistant coaching position from each of the high schools sports team.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Unbridled Spirit » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:50 am

wow... Those are some huge cuts. Alot of people are going to be unemployed. I hate this.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby DarkFairy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:35 pm

Funk you highlighted the Loss of a Drug Counselor but I find some of those other ones more disturbing, like the District wide school nurse, the job coach, the psychologist.....those seem pretty dang important. Granted they all are but some of those are just shocking!

This may be a dumb question but what exactly is a "District Wide School Nurse" , I know the HCHS has a school nurse and if not for her when my step son was going there he would have went into diabetic shock because he wouldn't stop eating sweets at night while everyone was asleep, so when he got to school his sugar would shoot up uncontrollably almost. So that is why I am asking what exactly that position is.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Angry Whiteguy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:24 pm

I could put Harlan county schools back in the black in one move... Eliminate Central Office...
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Legion » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:05 pm

Angry Whiteguy wrote:I could put Harlan county schools back in the black in one move... Eliminate Central Office...


That would put it in the black.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Gurt B Frobe » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:40 pm

Legion wrote:
Angry Whiteguy wrote:I could put Harlan county schools back in the black in one move... Eliminate Central Office...


That would put it in the black.


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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby GFunkMoneyDog » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:33 pm

This was sent to me via email for a better understanding of the cuts. I can't vouch for accuracy, but it sounds legit.

• Make instructional assistants six hours per day.

• Eliminate one assistant from each high school sports team Can't believe he is doing this but really just how many coaches does a team really need?

• Reduce the attendance specialist position to a 185-day contract. That is an office person who in most schools is paid for doing this and being paid for a sec job also. No need to pay for two different jobs when one person can do both.

• Move the Alternative School to the high school and eliminate one teacher. They should have been at the high school where deputies are located. Not housed with small children.

• Eliminate the drug counselor. This is the person for kids who have gotten in trouble for drugs and is under court order. I don't see why the school has to pay for the position when it is "court" related. Let the courts pay for it.

• Eliminate the lead systems analyst position. He is retiring and they don't want to pay the others for the spot. There are 3 other people who can do the job.

• Cut central office finance salaries. There are to many people to do the job when it should only be one person.

• Eliminate the district-wide school nurse. This is not the nurses in the schools but the one that goes to the students that are home~bound. They really don't need this position either. Most of these are for pregnant girls. They need to go to their doctors.

• Reduce instructional assistants to a 181-day contract. This is really just keeping up with the school days. They don' tneed to be there when the kids are not there.

• Change administrative assistants to central office receptionist/secretary

• Eliminate the Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) job coach position

• Eliminate one itinerant high school music position. They have kept paying this person when that person never showed up at the middle schools.

• Eliminate the driver education position. He already has a teaching position.

• Change the high school athletic director to a teaching position. If you coach kids you need to work with kids. This position is paid way to much to never set foot in a classroom.

• Reduce the county-wide athletic director to a 185-day contract. In other words.. work only when you got kids in school

• Eliminate one school psychologist from the central office. Their are 7 of them, and I have no idea what they do.

• Reduce school secretaries to a 7-hour per day contract. This is just keeping them there only during school hours. Not paying them for after school. Most don't get to work until 8am anyway.

• Reduce the maintenance apprentice to a 220-day contract.

• Eliminate head custodian pay district-wide. To many chiefs not enough Indians. They should report to the Principal.

• Eliminate department head extra pay

• Reduce assistant superintendent from 55 to 47 extended days

• Reduce custodian base pay to a 181-day contract. This means more cleaning for the teachers, but they can handle it.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby GFunkMoneyDog » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:15 am

This is a second email sent to me as a correction by another person.


1. The attendance specialist is a central office job--not the attendance clerks that are in the school.
2. The lead systems analyst position is not someone who is ready to retire.
3. Some of the instructional assistants ride buses with their students or have extended responsibilities. Those are the ones whose hours were cut. Reducing their days eliminates some of the professional development that they were responsible for--not just hanging out at the school when noone was there.
4. Reducing school secretaries was to 7 hour days actually cuts their pay by over 10%. You can expect secretaries to be there just from 1st bell to last bell. There are things they're needed for before and after school. From what I can tell, these are the ones who took some of the hardest hits from these cuts and can least afford it.
5. The way I understand it, there was a head custodian in each school who helped manage the rest of the custodial class. This cuts 4 contract days from that position.
6. Also, assistant principals were eliminated for schools with less than 550 students.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Gopher » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:37 pm

GFunkMoneyDog wrote:This is a second email sent to me as a correction by another person.


1. The attendance specialist is a central office job--not the attendance clerks that are in the school.
2. The lead systems analyst position is not someone who is ready to retire.
3. Some of the instructional assistants ride buses with their students or have extended responsibilities. Those are the ones whose hours were cut. Reducing their days eliminates some of the professional development that they were responsible for--not just hanging out at the school when noone was there.
4. Reducing school secretaries was to 7 hour days actually cuts their pay by over 10%. You can expect secretaries to be there just from 1st bell to last bell. There are things they're needed for before and after school. From what I can tell, these are the ones who took some of the hardest hits from these cuts and can least afford it.
5. The way I understand it, there was a head custodian in each school who helped manage the rest of the custodial class. This cuts 4 contract days from that position.
6. Also, assistant principals were eliminated for schools with less than 550 students.


Looks like across the board cuts. I saw in today's paper where many field trips were denied except for the football teams.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby GFunkMoneyDog » Thu May 09, 2013 7:28 am

Before the gloom and doom of the budget meeting all school trips were cancelled except for a out of state football game, and a JROTC trip. Now as if it were magic all the trips have been unanimously approved. So either pressure was applied to the board members or it was a budget scare tactic. Based on gophers above post the only article for that date had been edited. It is now a four line article.

Board approves trips, new auditor

http://harlandaily.com/view/full_story/22511608/article-Board-approves-trips--new-auditor?
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Gopher » Thu May 09, 2013 12:38 pm

GFunkMoneyDog wrote:Before the gloom and doom of the budget meeting all school trips were cancelled except for a out of state football game, and a JROTC trip. Now as if it were magic all the trips have been unanimously approved. So either pressure was applied to the board members or it was a budget scare tactic. Based on gophers above post the only article for that date had been edited. It is now a four line article.

Board approves trips, new auditor

http://harlandaily.com/view/full_story/22511608/article-Board-approves-trips--new-auditor?


Scare Tactic.
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby GFunkMoneyDog » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:42 am

Board member Wallace Napier doesn't think things are adding up in his book.


School board asked to reconsider clerk cuts

http://harlandaily.com/view/full_story/23422242/article-School-board-asked-to-reconsider-clerk-cuts?

The board earlier voted to reduce those positions by one hour per day while other classified positions, such as custodians and aides, were cut four days on the year. Nicely claimed their group’s reduction amounted to a loss of about 25 days per year in both income and retirement credits.

“That’s a big reduction and a big gap there,” she commented.


Superintendent Mike Howard said he understood their position and acknowledged the cuts were “drastic,” but he did not see any better options at this time and could not recommend any changes to the board regarding any of the reductions that have already been taken.

“If we stick to these reductions this year, maybe there will be some breathing room next year,” Howard said.


Board member Wallace Napier, a retired principal, said he believed the local staffing issue “needs to be revisited” because “something doesn’t add up in my book.”
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Re: County School System Cuts

Postby Gopher » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:00 pm

The books never add up.
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