Superintendent Mills continues to defend recovery plan

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9:24 pm | Updated: 9:41 am, Mon Jun 17, 2013.

BRADENTON - The Manatee County School District is drumming up support for its financial recovery plan. Superintendent Rick Mills met with concerned patents Wednesday at the 3rd and final 'Soup with the Supe' -- but its wasn't all about the lunch.

"We're not very smart right now as a school district on how we're functioning," said Mills.

Mills addressed details from the transition team report and the recovery plan to get the district back on track. But, that plan has been highly criticized because it includes laying off 96 employees and about 200 teachers.

"They were so upset, particularly that Mr. Vickers was being let go; he teaches history.  They were very upset Ms. Sampson is being let go," said concerned parent Tammy Wankoff.

And the list of teachers go on, 189 so far and Wankoff says many of the teachers not being renewed were the best and brightest. "These teachers truly enjoy teaching and the kids actually learn something and want to be in these classes. There has to be some sort of evaluation plan that is somehow is equal.  If you have students putting together a petition save the teacher and parents calling about a teacher, re-evaluate that teacher!"

But the lay offs were not done based on the teacher's track records. According to the district guidelines the layoffs were based on the teachers contracts. Which means the teachers with one year contracts that were up, were the first to go.

"We have to follow our procedures and agreements in our union contracts when it comes to that," said Mills.

In addition to following the union guideline Mills says the decision to make lay offs was done because personnel is more than 84% of their overall budget.

Still the move was not made lightly.  "It just break my heat to be in a position to have to make those decisions," said Mills

The district says it will set aside $2 million to rehire teachers. 90 teachers are also expected to retire in the coming days -- so the district anticipates rehiring many of the laid-off teachers, in the next school year.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
75°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
77°
Details

Today

weather
75°
Details

Today

weather
77°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.