By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN — In its April meeting, the Aberdeen School Board voted not to renew 16 teacher and 16 teacher assistants contracts during executive session.
Some of the reasons for not renewing these teaching contracts stem from reasons such as retirement and those who had expressed they would be moving on to jobs in different school systems. These cuts ultimately stemmed from budget cuts every school and state agency in Mississippi is currently facing.
Aberdeen Elementary School had one teacher assistant per teacher in each grade, but following the cuts, these positions will be adjusted to sustain one assistant to two teachers per grade. Some districts throughout the state voted to eliminate teacher assistant positions all together.
“It’s never a good feeling to have to make job cuts, but even with the lack of these positions, we could still combine two classes for one teacher in some cases,” said Chester Leigh, superintendent of the Aberdeen School District.