Parents Unhappy About Bath Co. School Budget

Reported by: Melanie Kendall

Contributor: Lance Vaught
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Updated: 5/01 7:26 pm
A recent meeting among Bath County school board members has a lot of parents demanding answers.

On Monday, 46 stipends were approved unanimously by the board to be cut from school programs and workers, totaling over $56,000.

However, the board also unanimously approved an increase in Superintendent Harvey Tackett's salary back in February.

Tackett began earning $107,000 per year in 2012, but with the voted increase, will be making $147,000 during the 2015-16 school year.

Tackett said he would recommend that stipends not be cut during a specially called board meeting on Thursday night.

He also planned on suggesting they follow the same break down as the current school year.

When it came to his salary, however, Tackett declined to comment.

In a letter, Bath County High School principal Paul Prater called the whole thing a "complete disappointment" and "a slap in the face."

Although parents and members of the Kentucky Education Association seem to be optimistic about the upcoming meeting overall, some are hoping the board will "come to common sense."
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