Some Henderson County teachers will not be returning to the classroom next school year.
Faced with a $6.7 million shortfall, the school system is cutting 80 positions. Layoff notices are going out this week to teachers at every school, but district spokeswoman Julie Wisher says students should expect the same level of education.
"Our student-teacher ratio isn't going to increase over the maximum size allowed," Wisher tells WKU Public Radio. "We have dedicated and passionate teachers that will continue to work toward excellence."
The budget deficit is largely blamed on personnel costs. About 85 percent of the budget is spent on personnel. The school system’s goal is to get that amount closer to 75 percent.
While teachers will bear the brunt of the budget reductions, a few positions from the central office are also being eliminated.