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Stimulus plan could help Daleville city schools

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Monica Cole has been teaching for more than two decades and says times are tougher than ever. That's why she is hoping for help from the stimulus package will do more than just save staff.

"The layoffs for teachers are like the first line of defense, that's the first line and that's where we need to place most of our importance is in the classroom," says Cole.

Daleville city schools superintendent, Andrew Kelley, says the package could bring in $700,000; securing positions that could soon be cut.

"Everybody is looking at that as a possibility but we really don't know at this time, I am hoping that we don't have to cut anybody," said Chris Mitten.

Mitten is the principal of Windham Elementary School and says there have been no cuts thus far, but that doesn't mean the school isn't pinching pennies like others in surrounding counties.

It's not just the teachers who are in jeopardy of losing their jobs.

"The lunchroom ladies are very important too because without us there would be no lunch, no breakfast and a lot of kids depend on us for their breakfast because sometimes this is the only place that they get to eat a hot meal," said Gloria Harvey at Daleville High School.

She feeds hundreds of students a day and says the extra funds would stretch to more than teachers, affecting everyone in the system most importantly the students.

Superintendent Kelley told News 4, they have not had to dip into their reserve fund yet, but if things keep going down the same path they have been 175 to 200 dollars may have to be taken out by the next school year.

The state's superintendent, Dr. Joseph Morton, will meet with the state department in March to further discuss the stimulus plan.


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