Escambia County

Pinks slips sent to Santa Rosa teachers

March 30, 2009

Santa Rosa teachers were mailed pink slips last week as Santa Rosa County School District tries to cope with shrinking budget. The teachers without tenure are being told that their contracts will not be renewed for the 2009-10 school year.

Positions may open up, but the nontenured teachers aren’t guaranteed their jobs back. We have been hearing rumors that the average number of terminations is 13 teachers per school.

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  • who cares March 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    #8 what I am complaining about is that the same people that are complaining about teacher layoffs, firefighter layoffs, police layoffs, having to pay for their children to play community ball, roads that don’t get paved are the same people that voted for Amendment 1.

    Before you say I must be a tax and spend liberal I will admit that there are alot of politicians that spend our money on pet projects instead of what it needs to go to. It could be spent much better.

    I have a daughter in high school and these teacher cuts are going to be from core classes, and yes varsity sports will be funded over teacher salaries!! This is Santa Rosa County man, sports is all we gots!

  • j5driver March 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Tax cut=service cut. Why is it that only govt doesn’t understand the concept and those who vote don’t understand the consequences?
    It is time for those elected to LEAD and make the hard choices.
    Do we really need a culinary institute at Pine Forrest High School?
    PJC has one already.
    Education has lost it’s focus. The purpose of the classroom is not only to learn, but it is to learn how to learn.
    The schools have turned into occupational trade schools….

  • Anonymous March 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    #6 & #7, I don’t think ansyone is complaining about the tax cuts. First of all, what subjects were these teachers teaching? If it was Pottery and Ceramics, or the like, I’ll be spared any grief. At some point the school boards will have to cut more spending and I’m interested in seeing if they choose funding Varsity sports over teacher salaries in core subjects.

  • who cares March 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Reality Check is right on the mark! Everyone wants their taxes cut but not for the services they care about.

  • Anony March 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    All the more reason to limit spending to necessities.

    Now, after last weeks flooding and the resulting damaged roads, and the road and bridge funds gone to buy that land, there are likely people living on those roads that voted against tax increases that are going to be wanting those roads repaired. And the punch line is that it wasn’t even lack of enough tax revenue, the problem is the people that make the decisions about how those funds are spent, the GOBS.

  • Reality Check March 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Actually I think part of the common denominator is this:

    23,559 14,770

    That’s the votes FOR and AGAINST property tax cuts in Santa Rosa county on the 2008 Statewide Amendment 1 campaign.

    Current round of cuts are based on bigger economic downturn and sales tax collections being WAY down, but it’s all part of the same shrinking pie.

    Hate to say it, because Escambia voted same margin, but those chickens, they do tend to come home to roost.

  • Anony March 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Yeah. I really didn’t drop enough crumbs to make my point, did I?

    The common denominator is the name ‘Pullum’

  • Anony March 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

    See what happens when local government spends $3.1M+ buying a worthless, undesirable piece of property from their friend?? And it’s not the first time. That YMCA located for an affluent community sure is costing Santa Rosa county a lot of moola.

    • Rick Outzen March 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

      Don’t see the relationship with YMCA and public schools.

  • Lester Feeling March 30, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Man landed on the moon in 1969.

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