Huntsville ISD Job Cuts

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Five jobs have been cut from the Huntsville Independent School District. The superintendent says low enrollment is causing the need for cutbacks.

" The primary thing we're looking at here in the district is student achievement," said Huntsville ISD Superintendent, Dr Richard Montgomery.

Montgomery came up with a proposal to change programs in the district and that also meant a change in staffing. After a lengthy discussion Thursday night, the school board approved the proposal and eliminated 5 administrative positions.

" $340,000 will be freed up with the elimination of those positions. Dr Montgomery says that money will go straight to the classroom."

" We are going to redirect funds from administrative salaries to instructional salaries so that we're making more of an impact directly to the students in the classroom," said Montgomery.

While Montgomery says he hates to lay off employees, he feels the money will be better spent by hiring more teachers and tools for the classroom.

Montgomery also blames cuts in state funding because of a decline in average daily attendance.

" For the last 4 to 5 years we've had a downward tend in enrollment and this year the trend took a little bit of a sharper turn downward," said Montgomery.

Montgomery believes the district is on the right track to improving the quality of education for students. The people who will lose their jobs were unavailable for comment. Montgomery says he's met with all of them. Arrangements for the rest of their employment will be worked out soon.