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Budget cuts may impact career technical, agriculture education
by Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com
June 07, 2012 01:36 PM | 1170 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Budget cuts which will affect Clayton County Public School teacher contracts for the 2012-13 school year may also impact a specific course of study for students who may not be destined for college.

The Clayton County School Board has advised school superintendent Edmond Heatley, Ed.D., it needs more information regarding possible budget cuts being made as members want all information possible regarding the more than 170 teachers who would be affected and, of these more than 20 educators are with the district’s Career Technical and Agriculture Education program.

Sid Chapman, president of the Clayton County Education Association, said last week a hearing on the matter was scheduled for Monday’s school board meeting. However, he admits that the ramifications of the budget cut situation are hard to completely understand. However, he emphasized that cutting the Career Technical and Agriculture Education Program in the Clayton County district would represent a “great mistake” for the school system.

“I haven’t heard any additional information about the proposed cuts to this program,” Chapman said. “If anything has changed in regard to this, it has been made behind the scenes.”

Chapman added that the school system may make a decision on the matter this month. According to Clayton County Public Schools spokesman David Waller, the number of teachers affected by budget cuts is “very fluid and hard to nail anything down.”

Chapman said there are questions about this program that school board members need to have answered and all the information available to them before the board conducts the three public hearings scheduled on the budget.

“I feel not extending a contract to those teachers involved in the Career Technical and Agriculture Education Program would be a mistake because not all of Clayton County graduates are college bound,” he said.

“In addition, not all jobs or careers are directed toward a liberal arts education,” Chapman said.

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