More cuts coming to Horry County Schools

By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Board members with the Horry County School District plan on talking about more job cuts, in addition to the proposed 120 cuts that were previously discussed.

Dr. Cindy Elsberry, superintendent of Horry County Schools, said a preliminary budget was given to school board members on Tuesday. Next Monday, the board will talk about cutting more jobs.

Elsberry said last year, the district had more teachers than were needed to educate students.

"That's one challenge that we face in education. We don't know how many we'll have until the doors open, " said Elsberry.

Since teachers are already under contract, the district put them to work in special programs.

"We use some of the staff that we didn't actually need in a permanent classroom to provide intervention, so we can ensure every child was learning to read proficiently," Elsberry said.

Elsberry wants the board to cut down on teachers and administrative staff  to save money.

"We are looking at a $14 million decrease in expenditures, and so the reduction in staff will be a portion of that," she commented. "We'll have a larger percentage of reductions at the district office, proportionately, than we do at the schools."

Elsberry said the board has a goal of cutting back through attrition, but the district's main focus is to keep the most talented and qualified teachers and administrators on staff.

The budget also calls for increasing class sizes in middle and high schools.

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