St. Johns Schools: Frustrated with lawmakers "running out the clock"
By Tiffany Griffith
St. Johns County, FL —
Despite passing a resolution last year, asking federal lawmakers to keep education exempt from deep spending cuts, St. Johns County is among the school districts who are bracing for the budget knife.
"It's no way to budget. Whenever you budget, you like to have a predictable, understandable budget," says St. Johns Superintendent Joe Joyner.
But, he says they're starting the discussion now on where else they can cut from for next school year.
"They were underfunded programs to begin with. So, we're already not being fully funded for our handicapped students and this just makes it worse," says Joyner. He also noted they'll have to cut from their programs for poor students and students with learning disabilities.
He's also frustrated by lawmakers running out the clock.
"For these decisions to be made at the last second, then everyone has to find a way to fill in the gaps or do without," says Joyner.
The White House estimates $86-million in Florida education cuts with more than 11,000 teachers being let go. Joyner's not sure how many St. Johns teachers they could lose, but they're preparing for at least a million dollars in spending cuts.