Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
April 22, 2003
SYLVESTER - Pam Hill spends her entire day in the classroom teaching children, but she's not officially a teacher, she's a para-professional.
"It's less than $10 thousand you make in salary, you do it for benefits or because you love to be around children," Worth Primary Principal Don Turner said. "We have some super folks out here."
But at the end of the year nearly all the school's paraprofessionals will be gone from first through fifth grade classrooms, all in an effort to cut costs. Add up transportation, supplies, and teacher and administrator salaries and Worth County spends $26 million educating children. This year $19 million of that came from the state, next year that figures to be much less.
"The state has really put a heavy burden on local boards of education either forcing us to raise taxes or make substantial cuts," Superintendent Donald Slate said.
Shaving $820,000 off the budget, Worth County schools will have 40 fewer employees next year. Some are central office staff, some are coaches, but 26 are people heavily involved in the classroom.
"I want you to read silently and I'm going to come around and listen you to read," Hill tells the students.
In tough economic times, the school system says they get little state funding for paraprofessionals, so they are the first to go, but Hill feels differently, "I feel like we are needed here."
With them goes Worth Primary's reading recovery program as well. But those left behind aren't losing hope.
"We're going to deliver same level of instruction, it will be more difficult, require us to be more innovative," Principal Turner said.
School districts might need to raise property taxes too, if budget cuts are worse than expected. Worth County hopes to hire back some of the paraprofessionals as substitute teachers.