Each year at this time, school boards are required to make difficult decisions concerning staffing. It is important for the community to understand that while the General Assembly is far from finished with its state budget work, the school district must submit staffing allocations to the Site Based Decision Making Councils by March 1. The number of positions allocated to each school to effectively teach students must be maintained regardless of the amount of state funding sent to each district. So every year, school boards determine the minimum number of positions that can be funded by the preliminary budget, and the SBDM councils determine how best to use those positions. Once these preliminary allocations are made, they must be funded regardless of what happens with the state budget. Therefore, the initial allocation is conservative.
The position currently held by the Kentucky Teacher of the Year is a district position, not an individual school position. The Curriculum and Technology Resource Teacher is not a required position but it has proven to be an extremely valuable tool not only in the education of our students but also in the professional growth of our teachers. The Danville Independent School District values our Kentucky Teacher of the Year as well as all of the teachers, administrators and staff in our district. It would be great if we could maintain the current level of staffing each year and even increase staffing, but we must wait to make final decisions until our legislators determine the amount of resources available. Regardless of the state budget and the allocations for the Curriculum and Technology Resource Teachers, rest assured that the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will remain a teacher in the Danville Independent Schools.