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Teachers among those being laid off at area school system

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wow

Vicksburg, MS

#1 Apr 17, 2013
from Channel 9 news
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A number of West Feliciana Parish School System employees were told Tuesday, they were being laid off.
Eighteen workers, mostly teachers, were told their terminations were due to a lack of money and a drop in enrollment.
In March, Superintendent Hollis Milton sent a reduction in force letter to system employees.
The system is trying to fill a $1.5 million hole in the budget.
Previously, salaries were frozen and administrators took a pay cut.

Why do the teachers always take the hit? They are the ones teaching our children and they are the reason our school is #2 in the state. Not Milton Hollis or any of the others sitting in offices! RIF should start at the top since our system is so top heavy! Why in the hell do we need a Principal and 3 assistants at the high school????? Why Do we need all those high paid individuals at the school board office?? Consolidate duties!
"Administrator taook a pay cut" ha ha When you are making their salary, what does a 2 day pay cut amount to? Not much!! That's a joke and just blowing smoke!!
Stand up parents for our children and take back our schools!
Reform

Baton Rouge, LA

#2 Apr 17, 2013
wow wrote:
from Channel 9 news
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A number of West Feliciana Parish School System employees were told Tuesday, they were being laid off.
Eighteen workers, mostly teachers, were told their terminations were due to a lack of money and a drop in enrollment.
In March, Superintendent Hollis Milton sent a reduction in force letter to system employees.
The system is trying to fill a $1.5 million hole in the budget.
Previously, salaries were frozen and administrators took a pay cut.
Why do the teachers always take the hit? They are the ones teaching our children and they are the reason our school is #2 in the state. Not Milton Hollis or any of the others sitting in offices! RIF should start at the top since our system is so top heavy! Why in the hell do we need a Principal and 3 assistants at the high school????? Why Do we need all those high paid individuals at the school board office?? Consolidate duties!
"Administrator taook a pay cut" ha ha When you are making their salary, what does a 2 day pay cut amount to? Not much!! That's a joke and just blowing smoke!!
Stand up parents for our children and take back our schools!
Want to know what's worse? Go ask the SB office what the plan is for next year. Or for next week even.
Ruthie needs to go

United States

#3 Apr 17, 2013
I say they need to RIF Mrs.Davis and out source the job...pay a smaller salary and the person's company would pay their benefits.

Out source buses and janitors too!!!
Catfish

Lafayette, LA

#4 Apr 17, 2013
Sounds like they are cutting PE, and all arts, it's a real shame
Apple

Saint Francisville, LA

#5 Apr 17, 2013
Reform wrote:
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Want to know what's worse? Go ask the SB office what the plan is for next year. Or for next week even.
Did you? What did they say?
So Sad

Baton Rouge, LA

#6 Apr 17, 2013
Yes all PE and music teachers cut. No one above the classroom level is being cut. The people of this parish need to know what is going on and take a stand. We are all watching the ship sink and nothing is being done to stop it! I agree with the earlier post, what is going to be different next year?! Who has to fear for their job next?? So sad but I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. And yes - I work for the school system and am scared shitless.
shame shame

Gonzales, LA

#7 Apr 17, 2013
So Sad wrote:
Yes all PE and music teachers cut. No one above the classroom level is being cut. The people of this parish need to know what is going on and take a stand. We are all watching the ship sink and nothing is being done to stop it! I agree with the earlier post, what is going to be different next year?! Who has to fear for their job next?? So sad but I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. And yes - I work for the school system and am scared shitless.
Very difficult to watch Hollis Milton destroy what Lloyd Lindsey built! Just one more negative thing that's happened this school year. I agree can Ms Davis, she serves no purpose!
agreed

Denham Springs, LA

#8 Apr 17, 2013
Agreed. Ruthie Davis serves no purpose.
balls

United States

#9 Apr 17, 2013
What high school teachers got laid off?
Pity

Denham Springs, LA

#10 Apr 17, 2013
It is ashame that a small community has to say goodbye to wonderful, dedicated, and loyal teachers. The budget is due to lack of control on someone at the tops part, not the teachers. We cut PE and music?? Things get taken from out children and jobs get taken from innocent people?? A district my behind!! Everythime I turn around my children are asking me for money for something. They even pay to wear blue jeans. Yes it is only a dollar, but that adds up when you multiply it by all the students who participate. Cuts should come from the top!!! We need our programs and our teachers!!!
Enrollment is suffering because of the amount of bullying that is going on. My children fall prey to it EVERYDAY! I go to the school and I am assured that it will be handled. It never is!! The bullying continues and gets worse. There is not a zero tolerance policy for bullying. The good children are being forced out by the bad ones and the administration is allowing it to happen. Shame on you!!! This school system needs a major overhaul, but it needs to start from top!!
Bubba

Saint Francisville, LA

#11 Apr 18, 2013
I'm not trying to be unsympathetic, but bullying has little to nothing to do with the enrollment drop.

Un-affordable houses and lack of a jobs have the major impact on enrollment.
Reform

Baton Rouge, LA

#12 Apr 18, 2013
Bubba wrote:
I'm not trying to be unsympathetic, but bullying has little to nothing to do with the enrollment drop.
Un-affordable houses and lack of a jobs have the major impact on enrollment.
I just posted this in the other thread, but everyone needs to go watch this video from Mr. Lindsey in 2008. It is more than the school board that is to blame. It's the Police Jury, Mayor, and community as a whole. He explained what was happening then, and what the future would hold without making changes, yet nothing was done. People turned their heads and pretended like everything was going to work itself out. Don't tax me, don't build new buildings near me, don't allow homes on less than 5 acres of land, etc....

The Truth

Denham Springs, LA

#13 Apr 18, 2013
Bubba some of the enrollment certainly does. I personally know 11 families who have either moved out of this town or decided to homeschool or change schools because of the bullying. That is just people I know. This town turns a deaf ear to its real problems.
I understand that the lack of housing and and jobs create a problem. We do need development if we want to thrive. It is a small historic town and people want it to stay that way. The problem with that is is that the cost of living is going up and we have nothing in our town to offer to sustain families. Most people work outside of this town and shopping is done in other towns as well. We cannot rely on tourist revenue to fund us. We need development so our money stays in our community. Historic areas can be preserved and enjoyed as well as allowing for development. Develop.ent will increase revenue for our community and create jobs for our residents.
shame shame

Baton Rouge, LA

#14 Apr 18, 2013
You are correct that bullying has nothing to do with the lay off but Pity had a good point! This administration here targets innocent kids to make it look like they handle the real bully when actually innocent children are targeted and blamed and the real bully never gets punished! This way the administration looks like they did something when actually they gave a good kid a bad reputation. As I've seen it the teachers want the truth and the administration pushes a lie to look good. Get rid of these nasty politician administrators and keep the good hearted teachers that make our school system so great! Lloyd Lindsey was a Christian, a husband, a father and a teacher. He filled every one of those roles as a great leader! We shouldn't allow anyone to destroy that the he worked so hard for!
OhReally

Duluth, GA

#15 Apr 18, 2013
Lloyd Lindsey was a good man, and a great Superintendent of WFP schools. He was not, however the lone architect of it's successes. The school system has been effective long before exit exams, and school report cards were the measure of a systems value. Hiring local teacher and administrators helped maintain a continuity of pride in our work. A place where we could educate our own children. A community that would take care of it's own. Each Superintendent had a role in making it what it is. Enduring the money struggles in the late seventies, the good times during the construction era of River Bend Station when the high school, auditorium, and football stadium was added, even the Lower Elementary school with it's family services center and head-start program, all formed the foundation of what we have today.

Like most of you, I have supported the school system financially at the polls. It is frustrating to see programs being cut over fiscal problems. I do not think any other public body in this parish is immune to the same problems. Jindal crafted these reforms, Rep. Kenny Havard supported them. These reforms, mostly in the retirement funding, left the school system responsible to fund it. Unless you are exempt from state taxation, the monies you pay the state to maintain state schools are being squandered by a Governor that is frequently absent while constantly campaigning for a higher office. If he were to mandate that the parish should fund it's own highway maintenance, how long would the police jury be able to do that before it was in a financial mess?

The parks and recreation department has no money, let's fire the director that just got here. The schools have no money, let's fire the superintendent. The Lambert's own property at the river, let's sue them at whatever costs to take it back. Sell a ballpark to prop up a hospital that has 20 million dollars in the bank, that benefits from a sales tax to help it expand? You people on here are delusional. Get a grip.

This parish has a whole lot to offer new residents and businesses. Demand that your representatives and Police Jurors preserve that by stopping the infighting and finger pointing and start speaking with the same voice. We need an industrial-plex, retail, jobs, and good schools. Bedroom and retirement communities are not self-sustaining. You either need sales tax revenue or outrageous property tax revenue. The local government agencies are required by law to operate with a balanced budget. You want programs? They need money. This is not the Federal Government, we have no Federal Reserve that can just print more money.
Student

Saint Francisville, LA

#16 Apr 18, 2013
OhReally wrote:
Lloyd Lindsey was a good man, and a great Superintendent of WFP schools. He was not, however the lone architect of it's successes. The school system has been effective long before exit exams, and school report cards were the measure of a systems value. Hiring local teacher and administrators helped maintain a continuity of pride in our work. A place where we could educate our own children. A community that would take care of it's own. Each Superintendent had a role in making it what it is. Enduring the money struggles in the late seventies, the good times during the construction era of River Bend Station when the high school, auditorium, and football stadium was added, even the Lower Elementary school with it's family services center and head-start program, all formed the foundation of what we have today.
Like most of you, I have supported the school system financially at the polls. It is frustrating to see programs being cut over fiscal problems. I do not think any other public body in this parish is immune to the same problems. Jindal crafted these reforms, Rep. Kenny Havard supported them. These reforms, mostly in the retirement funding, left the school system responsible to fund it. Unless you are exempt from state taxation, the monies you pay the state to maintain state schools are being squandered by a Governor that is frequently absent while constantly campaigning for a higher office. If he were to mandate that the parish should fund it's own highway maintenance, how long would the police jury be able to do that before it was in a financial mess?
The parks and recreation department has no money, let's fire the director that just got here. The schools have no money, let's fire the superintendent. The Lambert's own property at the river, let's sue them at whatever costs to take it back. Sell a ballpark to prop up a hospital that has 20 million dollars in the bank, that benefits from a sales tax to help it expand? You people on here are delusional. Get a grip.
This parish has a whole lot to offer new residents and businesses. Demand that your representatives and Police Jurors preserve that by stopping the infighting and finger pointing and start speaking with the same voice. We need an industrial-plex, retail, jobs, and good schools. Bedroom and retirement communities are not self-sustaining. You either need sales tax revenue or outrageous property tax revenue. The local government agencies are required by law to operate with a balanced budget. You want programs? They need money. This is not the Federal Government, we have no Federal Reserve that can just print more money.
If Lindsey were still alive, what do you think he could or would do differently?
OhReally

Duluth, GA

#17 Apr 18, 2013
"If Lindsey were still alive, what do you think he could or would do differently? "

I'm not sure. That is one of the points I was trying to make. Declining tax revenue was already a problem. The most recent tax passed was going to help offset that. These new mandates from the state were crippling.

We live in a fairly wealthy parish compared to some in Central and North Louisiana. These shortfalls will drive poorer systems further into the ground. If the #3 school district in the state can't do it. Who can?

I applaud the school system for recognizing the problem early. They are making cost cutting sacrifices just like I do at my home. What we need is for people to stay angry about this and get our elected officials in Baton Rouge to realize their mistakes.

This should be a problem that all agencies in this parish should be worried about.
hello

Saint Francisville, LA

#18 Apr 18, 2013
Nothing. He's wasn't the perfect superintendent that's being pushed.
Student

Saint Francisville, LA

#19 Apr 18, 2013
OhReally wrote:
"If Lindsey were still alive, what do you think he could or would do differently? "
I'm not sure. That is one of the points I was trying to make. Declining tax revenue was already a problem. The most recent tax passed was going to help offset that. These new mandates from the state were crippling.
We live in a fairly wealthy parish compared to some in Central and North Louisiana. These shortfalls will drive poorer systems further into the ground. If the #3 school district in the state can't do it. Who can?
I applaud the school system for recognizing the problem early. They are making cost cutting sacrifices just like I do at my home. What we need is for people to stay angry about this and get our elected officials in Baton Rouge to realize their mistakes.
This should be a problem that all agencies in this parish should be worried about.
The bad news is the state financial situation is in dire straights also so no help there. The unfunded liability of all state retirement programs and the 1987 amendment forcing the state to pay it down is a real drag on the state budget. Solution? I do not have it. A rapid improvement in the overall economy is an answer but that is not going to happen.
fyi

Saint Francisville, LA

#20 Apr 18, 2013
So Sad wrote:
Yes all PE and music teachers cut. No one above the classroom level is being cut. The people of this parish need to know what is going on and take a stand. We are all watching the ship sink and nothing is being done to stop it! I agree with the earlier post, what is going to be different next year?! Who has to fear for their job next?? So sad but I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. And yes - I work for the school system and am scared shitless.
Is this true for all 4 schools?

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