The recent "bloodletting" within the Floyd County school system gives me reason for pause. It can't be denied that the school system is in financial straits. It can't be denied that cuts had to be made. These cuts were putatively made with an even hand, with no regard for poltical connections or cronyism. I doubt that.
First, let me say that I retired from a school system other than Floyd County but have lived here for many years. I feel certain that some of the cuts made were entirely appropriate, but let's look at some that were made, or not made, for possibly other reasons.
Cuts at the Floyd County central office. A total of four (4). Two janitorial staff and two secretaries. The central office is heavy with salary weight, and many of those positions should have been lapsed, or reassigned to the classroom at a different salary scale. The Floyd County School superintendent, Dr. Jeff Bearden makes in excess of $250,000 yearly which places him in the top five in the State. The previous superintendent also made an exorbitant salary, plus perks. What justifies this exorbitantly high salary number? Performance? I don't think so.
There were classroom teachers "Rif'ed" that had in excess of 15 years of service in the classroom while in one particular case, a first year teacher kept her job. Could it be that both of her parents are principals within the system?
Overall, this process may have been somewhat fair. Sure.
**The above is one person's opinion and should not be relied upon as factual until you have done your own research**