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Jackson County Superintendent Cleans Up

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Marianna, Fla. -

Layoffs, pay cuts and reassignments are all possible through a proposal made by Jackson County's Superintendent. Steve Benton says he is shaking up his administrative structure in order to save money.

"Any time you're going to have a new superintendent you are going to have changes and sometime changes are good," Benton said.

Last week, 35 administrative openings were posted to the district's website, most of which were district principals and assistant principals. The superintendent says this is to update job descriptions and salaries.

"There could be pay cuts for some; there could be pay raises for some. We are operating on a $2.7 million deficiency right now and I'm trying to save money."

As it stands now, there is no distinction in pay between administrators in elementary, middle or high schools and that's not in line with the school board's vision.

"I would not worry about it, I mean it's just something that's got to be done to correct these new procedures the school board has asked me implement," Benton said.

But teachers are worried. "I know the superintendent has that right to do that and I appreciate that. I hope he'll look real close at the principals and the job they've done and take into account that change may not be the best thing for every school." Mary Hinson, an eighth grade teacher at Marianna Middle said.

"Keeping the foundation of a good principal for several years would be an ideal situation," Sherri Godwin, a seventh grade teacher at Marianna Middle said.

The district says they will stop accepting applications for the posted positions on April 30th with interviewing starting on May 10th.