Savannah schools cutting 97 teacher jobs

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SAVANNAH -- Savannah-Chatham Public Schools administrators have notified 97 teachers that their jobs will likely be cut because of an anticipated $12 million funding gap during the 2011-2012 school year.

The announcement was made just as many schools were celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with gifts, flowers and luncheons for their teaching staff.

"The revenue coming in is not going to be enough," said district spokesman Kurt Hetager. "The teachers were notified that they won't be getting contracts next year. It's on the board agenda for approval."

District administrators are presenting their 2011-2012 budget proposal to the Savannah-Chatham Public School Board today. It calls for balancing a $288,569,969 budget by eliminating 97 teaching jobs, increasing class sizes and modifying the school day to offset local, state and federal revenue reductions. Those reductions, they say, will likely amount to more than $12 million.

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lovebugg 05/04/11 - 01:17 pm
Georgias test scores are low

Georgias test scores are low enough!!!! If you take teachers away & add more students to the remaining teachers do you think scores will go up???? I think not.... these teachers have a hard enough time with the number of students they already have.. let alone adding more to their plates!!!! Not to mention the fact that those teachers will get burnt out faster & stop caring about whether our children learn the things they need to know for life!!! With more students in a classroom it will be so much harder for the teachers to control what goes on!!! We will be reading about more bulling, more fights, more students raising their hands to teachers, more disrespecting, & we will hardly ever hear anything good when this happens!!!!! To the teachers bless you & may God give you the patience you are most definately going to need!!!!!

copperhead 05/05/11 - 05:11 am
ADD 102 I.R.S. Agents to

ADD 102 I.R.S. Agents to enforce health care and reduce the number of teachers by 97. Where are the priorities?

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