4/7/2014 11:22 PM
by Kevin Jacobs
Fayette County Board of Education raises some eyebrows with its proposal to retain principals.
The plan would add more contracted work days to elementary and middle school principals. It would lock in the already five floating days with two additional days. The move would increase their pay and the county's 38th ranking compared principals salary statewide. Those opposing the plan say it's not a raise if they are working those additional days.
Also, the board got emotional when discussing how they could cut positions and services yet still have vacancies for hire. Superintendent Keith Butcher tells NewsWatch every year it's a combination of making cuts to be financially viable but also meeting the needs of the students.
"We reduced approximately 30 positions that includes both professional and service and we will still find a way to educate, provide all the courses that are required that we need to best educate our students. We'll still find a way to do that." - Superintendent Keith Butcher, Fayette County Schools.
The cuts will take effect next school year. The revision of adding more days to the principals contract will go back before the state board for final approval.