15 Anderson County teachers may lose their jobs; parents worried

15 Anderson County teachers may lose their jobs; parents worried

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About 50 parents and community members came to a meeting in Lake City Friday night to express their concerns over the cuts to the Anderson County School System. About 50 parents and community members came to a meeting in Lake City Friday night to express their concerns over the cuts to the Anderson County School System.
Lake City Elementary is losing two teachers, and parents worry it will hurt their children's education. Lake City Elementary is losing two teachers, and parents worry it will hurt their children's education.
Anderson County Deputy Director of Instruction Greg Deal says he too worries about increasing those class sizes, but he says the money isn't there to support its current staff. Anderson County Deputy Director of Instruction Greg Deal says he too worries about increasing those class sizes, but he says the money isn't there to support its current staff.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

LAKE CITY (WATE) - Fifteen Anderson County teachers are learning they'll be out of a job after this school year.

About 50 parents and community members came to a meeting in Lake City Friday night to express their concerns over the cuts to the Anderson County School System.

Lake City Elementary is losing two teachers, and parents worry it will hurt their children's education.

"I really care about my daughters education and we don't want our kids falling behind," said Jaclyn Castilla.

She is one of several parents who turned out for the meeting on the cuts. She's worried her daughter Eden, now in fourth grade, could fall behind if classroom sizes continue to increase because of fewer teachers on staff.

"I think that's one budget cut that does not need to happen," she said.

Anderson County Deputy Director of Instruction Greg Deal says he too worries about increasing those class sizes, but he says the money isn't there to support its current staff.

Student enrollment has gone down and so has revenue. He says the district anticipates getting around $400,000 less from the state next year, and they expect no growth from local sales tax.

In total they expect to have about $350,000 less in their budget next year than they had this year.

"The decisions are hard, but that's what we have to do right now. And in no case are any of the eliminated positions going to cause us to go above the state mandated figures for what's allowable in the classroom," said Deal.

Five elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools in Anderson County will be affected by the proposed cuts. 

Lake City Parent Teacher Organization vice president Tanya Beaty helped organize Friday night's meeting and says she worries for the future of her daughters education at the school.

"Once we lose these teachers, that's going to put the classroom numbers up by six to seven students per classroom. They're going to lose the one-on-one and the relationship because of those class sizes, and we're afraid that our test scores will drop because of this," she said.

The Anderson County School District says each principal will decide which positions will be eliminated in their schools and we're told some are still working on that decision.

The Anderson County school budget is not finalized yet, so it's possible there will be some adjustments.

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