Nearly 300 Manatee School positions to be cut

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 11:28 pm | Updated: 9:34 pm, Wed Jun 5, 2013.

BRADENTON - More teachers are facing the chopping block in Manatee County. Superintendent Rick Mills laid out his financial recovery plan Monday, which includes the elimination of 282 positions within the district.

Under his plan, 80 positions within the district office will be cut. 107 teachers will also be eliminated, 24 ESE teachers, as well as 16 staff members from district operations, among other cuts.

Mills unveiled his plan just as about 50 parents and children rallied outside the school board headquarters in support of teachers.

But Mills says this is the right plan to move the district toward financial recovery. “It will allow us to recover for a budget. If we have a shortfall this year, it will allow us to reinvest back into our employees, both through these dollars and the dollars that we get for the state revenue on the $22 million, and it will allow us to have discretionary spending, to get it back into the classrooms as we align strategically as a district to move forward,” said Mills.

The plan also calls for the closure of Central High School and eliminating 53 district cars.

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  • canary posted at 8:55 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    canary Posts: 4

    Our state auditors can't find it either. Meanwhile the board bought the story line from the Supintendent that they were winning financial awards yearly for the unbelievable clean books and accounting practises that they had. Have you seen that the district has local businesses selling the little donation cards, put your name on them for just a buck which is going to be spent where? I am stunned that any public person wants to put more money in the hands of the same accounting people that helped hatch whatever went down. They terminated no one from accounting. Someone there knows the story. Please step forward and be our hero.

  • Tony LeClerc posted at 10:45 am on Tue, May 21, 2013.

    Tony LeClerc Posts: 1

    So the powerball winner of 600 million dollars takes the one time payout of 300 million, the other three hundred million goes to the state, The property taxes in our area, plus the unending fundraising we as parents are asked to do. and they still need to cut 282 teachers to get back 22 milliondollars? where is all the money going?


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