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School leader warns: We’re in for some tough times

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By The Staff

As we continue to work to build a brighter future for our students and prepare for upcoming testing, our situation as a district can only be described as bittersweet.

The positives are that children continue to show growth in reading, math, science and writing. I am confident that our students will continue to make progress academically. Our staff is dedicated to helping our children receive the quality instruction that will carry them through life as productive citzens. Every day we make strides as an academically-driven district, and I intend to work with our board to make sure it stays that way.

On the other hand, our financial situation is troubling and burdensome. We are in a very precarious place right now due to the economic downturn that has led to painfully deep cuts by the state to our budgets. We have incurred losses so great that our district is no longer operating the same. With the next round of cuts, which the state promises to be inevitable, our district may suffer terrible loss of jobs and programs.

As the superintendent that the public entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the education of our children, I can assure you that I am working to do everything I can to avoid disruptions to our classrooms. But I have to warn you, in the face of these cuts, that will be very difficult.

I urge you to call your lawmakers and voice your opinions. However, now more than ever, we need every available person that can volunter, mentor or tutor to become involved with the local schools. In these dire times, our saving grace will be the support of our parents and community.

As always, I am humbled to serve you and my open door duly notes this gratefulness.

Reginald James

Gadsden County Schools Superintendent