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School Board faced with tough decisions Superintendent vouches for highest-paid employees

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc.

The Madison County School Board came together twice throughout the week in order to begin making needed changes for the 2019-20 school year, in particular, changing the staffing allocation plan in order to continue the process of strengthening the district's non-restricted fund balance. The board met on Monday, March 4, at 4 p.m., and Wednesday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m., however, despite the board's efforts, no decisions have been made. It was concluded at the end of Wednesday's meeting that the board is still in need of critical information before they can proceed with making any changes. This meeting marked the second time in one week board members have requested information from district staff in order to make informed decisions. So far, district staff, the Superintendent and the School Board are at a stalemate when it comes to cuts and consolidations regarding the district's highest-paid employees.

At each meeting, Superintendent Dr. Karen Pickles presented the board with a list of positions, at the district level and school level, she feels are necessary and should not be tampered with. She provided the board with information pertaining to where the funds come from to pay each position. Her list included, but was not limited to, Chief Financial Officer, paid 100 percent from the ...

 

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