HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Bacchus is considering cutting 20 teachers because the school is facing a $2.3 million budget shortfall this upcoming fiscal year. The district plans on capturing about $1.2 million dollars from cutting teacher positions.
“We did not cut any of our programs or anything of that aspect. Student numbers drive teachers,” said Bacchus.
“We created a staffing formula that would assign teachers to a number of students.”
He says student to teacher ratios in the district vary at different grade levels. In elementary schools it is 27 students to one teacher, middle school is 20 students to one teacher, and high school it is 25 students to one teacher.
Bacchus says the majority of the teachers that will be cut are from the High School, which had about 1220 students, and over 100 certified teachers.