Recovery plan for Manatee County School District

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MANATEE COUNTY - A transition team has come up with a plan to guide the Manatee County School District back to financial stability.

It's part of Superintendent Rick Mills’ more than three month long recovery plan, which may result in layoffs for more than 180 teachers.

The plan is a 90-something page document that includes a 5-year analysis of every aspect of the school district.

The plan is broken down into three phases. Phase 1 is cost recovery, Phase 2 is revenue enhancements and Phase 3 is systematic change.

Mills reiterated that those changes will include job cuts, but he says it is necessary. “We are at the fiscal cliff and we have to do what we have to do to get fiscally sound. We will have more than adequate teachers in our schools to deliver instruction, and we ask for the support that I need and our team needs to move forward as a school district.”

There was concern about class size, and the district says even with the layoffs they will currently meet the class size standard set by the state. According to the district, they said the class size standard they're currently operating under is 16 students per one teacher and the state standard is 25 students per teacher.

There will be another meeting coming up in a couple weeks to get more details into the recovery plan.