District layoffs less than feared

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM.

Just this week, the board approved the movement of nearly 10 teachers from one school to another to fill specific needs.

Norton also said he hoped the district was nearing the end of an era of ever-shrinking budgets.

Declining school enrollment remains a nagging issue – Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School lost nearly 50 students this year alone – and a bleeder on the bottom line.

“We are fighting to keep our school system that is antiquated,” Norton said of a system that is essentially two districts 22 miles apart in the same county.

Consolidation, a consistent topic, is at least five years away even if the district and state had bricks and mortar dollars for a new school, neither of which do at the current time, he added.

Norton said there also seemed to be sufficient signs in the real estate market that property values would begin to rebound after dropping another 5-7 percent this year, according to very preliminary numbers from the Property Appraiser’s Office.

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