On Monday, Desoto City Schools Superintendent Brian McManus was quoted as saying that the school system is in crisis, and that the teachers have not been paid in two months.
This comes after the superintendent stated that teachers are “totally paid out of their own pockets” and that there are no plans to pay them more.
The district also said that the schools budget has been cut by 75%.
The district has said that it will not make a payment of more than $250 to teachers and principals until the district is able to hire additional employees.
While McManuses comments seem very much out of line, they have received widespread criticism from teachers, students, parents, and other concerned citizens.
“The teachers have been paid, they are getting paid.
There’s no reason why they should not get paid,” Desoto School District Superintendent Brian McMahan told The Desoto News.
“I am not aware of any reason for a teacher to not be paid.
If they’re not getting paid, it’s not because they’re lazy or they’re underpaid, it is because they don’t have the resources to pay.”
A teacher at the Desoto Independent School District also commented on the situation, saying that it’s an “extremely frustrating” situation and that he’s not sure how McManusa’s comments are being handled.
“They should be able to do what they want with their time and their pay,” he told The News-Leader.
On Tuesday, Deso-Tribune School Superintendent Robert Houghton said in a statement that there’s no plan to pay teachers or principals more.
“We are committed to providing the best educational experience for our students and staff, and we are not making any further comment at this time,” Houghtons statement reads.
Many teachers, parents and students expressed their frustration on social media, calling for the district to pay the teachers more and to compensate them for the extra time they have been working on the school’s website and email.
“There should be an end to the pay disparity,” one commenter wrote.
“This is just the latest example of the DesoUSD disrespecting the public by not paying its teachers.”
“I feel like I’ve been told I’m not a good teacher,” another commenter wrote on social news site Reddit.
The Desoto Education Department responded to the situation by releasing a statement on Monday, saying in part: “The district has not received any payment of any kind from the Desotos school district since January 2016. “
The Deso school system should be a model of accountability and fair treatment of its employees, and it’s time that all Deso students and teachers know that this is a true failure and that they are in fact being treated as second class citizens.”
The Desoto Education Department responded to the situation by releasing a statement on Monday, saying in part: “The district has not received any payment of any kind from the Desotos school district since January 2016.
The district will provide teachers with an amount of money they can receive in order to make up for the shortfall.
We are committed that Deso is a great school district and that we will continue to support our students to reach their highest potential.”
Desoto City School Superintendent Brian McKinnon told The Sun-News that the district has already paid its teachers.
“It’s not a new issue.
We’ve been paying them.
It’s a matter of when and if we will be able, and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon,” he said.
“When the school board finally makes a decision, it will be based on what we feel is appropriate and what is in the best interest of the students and the community.”
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