Tahlequah Daily Press

May 13, 2013

Budget woes smooth out at Keys

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — After experiencing budget cuts and reduction in staff a year ago, Keys Public Schools didn’t have to make similar moves this year.

During Thursday’s meeting, members of the Keys Board of Education approved rehiring every teacher on staff for next year. Superintendent Billie Jordan said the rural school district’s financial situation is such that the decision to make cuts this year wasn’t necessary.

“Everyone was rehired,” she said. “We also renewed our contract with Johnny Hobbs to be our treasurer next year, and we renewed Allan Chapman’s contract to be our auditor next year. We also approved some fundraisers.”

Jordan said the district’s financial standing may even make it possible to bring back some of the programs and teachers who couldn’t be rehired last year.

“We’re looking at maybe adding back some of the teachers, like our elementary music program, hopefully,” she said. “And, hopefully, we can maybe get back some of the other programs, as well.”

Jordan said discussions and consideration to reactivate some of the lost programs and teachers will likely take place in June.