CHICKASAW, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has a follow-up to a story we first brought you on Thursday, May 23.
In April, you heard a representative of the Chickasaw City School System would survive without additional funds from a city-wide property tax increase. On Thursday, however, the school board approved an agenda that included cuts to the art program and a teacher's job. She claims her reaction speaks for other teachers in the system.
For more than 20 years, Charlotte Green has taught art.
"My students fell in love with art," said Green.
In 2012, she left the Mobile County Public School System on a journey: to continue her career with the newly-formed Chickasaw City School System.
"Art is so important to these children's lives," said Green.
However, after the school board meeting Thursday, May 23, her journey ended.
The item on the agenda getting the biggest reaction Friday: item number 10 - elimination of art program for financial reasons.
"The administration just has the wrong priorities. They do," said Green.
Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff said cuts were going to be made - and they were. Green said she was not the only teacher losing her job. She claims several other teachers received pink-slips Friday as well.
"They promised us all the moon. If they keep running in this vein, it's not going to get better," said Green.
The superintendent said in April the system would remain "status quo" without the additional funds of the proposed city-wide sales tax. Now, a teacher is without a job and children are without an art program.
"How can you hire new teachers in new positions but you're going to shut down art? A very successful program that means the world to them," said Green.
The Chickasaw City School System was established in 2012.
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