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Pike BOE will cut 13 teachers

Published 10:50pm Monday, May 21, 2012

The Pike County Board of Education met Monday afternoon and made recommendations for non-renewal of contracts for 13 teachers, three specialty positions and three aides and adopted a calendar for the school year 2012-13.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said that he hopes to re-employ most of the positions, especially the elementary positions.

“We will sit down and look at enrollment and retirements and hopefully be able to re-employ most positions by June 11,” he said. “However, some of the positions will not be renewed.”

Bazzell also recommend a condensed calendar for the school year 2012-13 in accordance with the school calendar bill passed by the State Legislature.

The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation, which includes a start date of Aug. 20. 2012.

“We have taken Labor Day out of the calendar because it comes so close to the opening school date,” Bazzell said. “In October, Columbus Day will be a holiday, which will give us a break about half way through.”

Veterans’ Day is a national holiday and will be taken in November along with three days at Thanksgiving. The first semester will end on Dec. 19 and school will dismiss for the Christmas holidays.

Students will return to class on Jan. 3, 2013, and the first break after the holidays will be Presidents Day in February. Spring break will coincide with Troy University’s spring break March 11-15. Then, there will be no break until the last day of school.

“That will give us 178 instructional days and 187 days for contracted personnel,” Bazzell said. “This is the best calendar that we can come up with.  The only good thing that I can say about the Legislature’s school calendar bill is that it sunsets in a year and a half.”

The board also approved the hiring of Ashley Meadows as Spanish teacher at Goshen High School for the school year 2012-13 and accepted the resignation of Janice Cox bus driver effective May 25.

  • jeff7273

    Understanding that the superintendent and school board members hands are tied when it comes to budgetary concerns, it just seems unthoughtful to select Columbus Day rather than Labor Day and then Presidents Day rather than Martin Luther King Holiday. Would it not be more advantageous for most parents if their kids are out of school on days that most parents are off. The Superintendent and School Boards logic and decisions about holidays for the school year appear more self serving than looking out for the best interest of children and families. I feel that more families plan final summer vacations during Labor Day Weekend than those who make plans for Columbus Day. Also, there are many more events and programs happening on MLK holiday than Presidents Day. If I’m off base, I welcome all constructive comments.

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    • Invictus

      The whole reason the start date got pushed back was because of “summer vacations.” Why should they have to work around Labor weekend too now? Sacrifices had to be made since the legislature saw fit to make required starts and stops to the calendar, and holidays and other days off had to be adjusted. They are trying to space out the days off so they are not clumped up, hence the day off in February instead of 2-weeks into school in January – same thing with Columbus Day versus Labor Day.

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  • jeff7273

    @Invictus – Your rationale makes sense with the February holiday rather than January. However, I believe attendance and therefore production will be adversely affected between the two days. As for Labor Day, teachers will have been back at work for a month prior to Labor Day. Is Labor Day not the one day off for workers that is not associated with with religion or some historical figure. It just doesn’t make sense to me to pay state employees (teachers, custodians, etc.) double time for days that more than likely more than one third of the student body will be absent. It just seems that it would make more sense to add two productive days for students or switch the days off….Labor Day rather than Columbus Day and MLK Day rather than Presidents Day.

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    • Invictus

      I completely agree, this is why state government (and the federal government in general) needs to stop trying to control every minute detail out there.

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  • Prophet

    These are minor cuts compared to what’s ahead !

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