Public school budget cuts on the state level are prompting school districts in our area to make some very tough decisions.
Today official layoff notifications were handed out to 15 teachers and staff at a small school district, Anderson-Shiro I-S-D near Navasota.
"I feel very fortunate that I still have a job,” said Kristie Vick who teaches Spanish at Anderson-Shiro High School.
Anderson-Shiro Consolidated Independent School District is removing 15 positions beginning in the fall. The superintendent says it's an effort to make up for an unexpected $366,000 shortfall in funding for the next school year because of state budget cuts. To make up for this school year's $390,000 shortfall, the district reduced some salaries.
"It's tragic for our students really. It's terrible for our students because the class sizes will go up,” said Vick.
The district is fairly small. They have 730 students and 117 faculty members, but the superintendent says the effects of lack of funding from the state are being felt the same no matter the size of the school.
If the state decides to continue to cut funding, Superintendent Brandon Core says there could be more layoffs.
"It's an unfortunate situation. I personally believe education and public education is our future. This is a very unfortunate circumstance,” said Core.
Core says the legislative cuts total more than $700,000 over a 2 year period. He is urging people to talk to state lawmakers about the budget cuts.