Oldham County Cuts 30 Plus Teaching Positions

by ekramer on April 24, 2009

The Oldham County Schools are planning to cut more than 30 teaching positions. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Oldham County Schools Superintendent Paul Upchurch says the school system has too many teachers. That’s because the district had projected last year’s enrollment to grow by 300 to 500 students, but it grew by only 34 students.

Upchurch says some of the teachers have been told they may lose their jobs.

“Principals have talked with them informally,” Upchruch says, “but they’ve not received any official notice yet.”

He says the district will save nearly $2 million through the cuts and that it simply couldn’t afford to keep the teachers on.

“You can do that once, but you have to correct that very soon,” he says. “So what we’re faced with now is very unfortunate; we have to pull back on about 35 of our teachers.”

Oldham County Schools has nearly 12,000 students between preschool and 12th grade.

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