Thanks to a temporary funding fix, some laid off educators in Monroe county will be coming back to work next year. A battle that began several months ago has come to a temporary fix for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year.
It’s one that Monroe County Education President Linda Richardson says hasn’t been an easy road. “It was dismay and disbelief in the beginning because we had always managed.” Richardson says that in past years the corporation had always been able to invite teachers back, but this year was not the case. “This has been extremely challenging, very upsetting. Many of us feel like K-12 education landscape has changed and we are concerned about that.”
A unanimous vote carried out by the school board today at the Monroe County Community School Corporation administration building adopts the contract agreement proposed by the Monroe County Education Association.
Charles “Chuck” Rubright, Chief Negotiator for School District, says the compromise is the worst he’s seen in more than 30 years, while some experts say the education crises is the worst they’ve seen since the great depression. “Part of the compromise was that Media Specialist will be brought back for one year, some teachers will receive no salary increase for the 2010-2011 school year, and extracurricular funding will be absent.”
Monroe County is not alone. Rubright says between 4,000 and 5,000 educators are being laid off in the state of Indiana with more cuts to come in the future. “I don’t know how school corporations in the state of Indiana can address any further cuts because we are now cutting bone,” said Rubright.
Once the state determines the budget, Rubright says the corporation will begin working on addressing other options for the following school year. “There’s going to have to be additional revenue, we’re going to have to move revenue around within the budget, or we’re going to have to again do some suspensions.”