LOGAN, W.Va. — Logan County Schools is reportedly preparing to cut around 70 positions, and the process of notifying teachers and other personnel their jobs could be on the chopping block has started.
Among other classroom positions, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) is also reportedly being cut.
Paul Hardesty, president of the Logan County Board of Education, explained the board is looking at extensive cuts saying, “Our financial house has got to get back in order.”
The Logan BOE has reportedly not engaged in the process known as reduction in force (RIFs) and transfers where teaching positions are eliminated or teachers are transferred to other positions in over five years.
“We’ve cut off classroom teachers, assistant principals and transportation aids. No cuts are easy. We are trying to look at what best for all 6,000 students.”
A continued trend of dropping enrollment and leaner tax collections have reportedly forced the board to consider cutting as many as 70 positions.
“We’ve got to make a lot of cuts. We have just started notifying people of the intent to start the process. The board will have to vote on each one of these sometime in April. We have not voted on anything,” noted Hardesty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]