Board of Trustees president reacts to teachers' uproar over layoffs

Board of Trustees president reacts to teachers' uproar over layoffs

By Molly Waldron. CREATED May 18, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County School District has sent its budget up to the state for approval.

There is still tension between teachers and school officials after the school board meeting earlier this week.

Action News reporter Tina Patel spoke to the Board of Trustees President Dr. Linda Young about what happened, and what happens next.

"I thought it was totally inappropriate for teachers to yell out and scream like that," Dr. Young said about the uproar at the meeting. "I thought it was very disrespectful."

it wasn't just the yelling- several teachers turned their backs when trustees were discussing the budget and possible layoffs on Wednesday night.

"Am I angry about it? I'm disappointed, if I could use that word," Dr. Young said.

A teacher Action News spoke with Thursday says the union is frustrated and the trustees don't seem to understand that.

"For them to say that teachers are getting raises, I think that's not quite truthful," Cindy Johnson, a music specialist in the district said.

The teachers' union would not agree to salary freezes, and that's why more than a thousand teachers may lose their jobs now. Dr. Young says layoffs are the only way to balance the budget, which they are legally obligated to do. She doesn't blame the teachers, but doesn't want them to blame her.

"We're just the messengers, so to speak," Dr. Young said. "We're given a certain amount of money and resources."

Dr. Young knows layoffs will lead to larger classrooms, and that will be harder on teachers and support staff. But she's optimistic students will still get a proper education.

"I'm a believer that everything is a teachable moment," Dr. Young said. "We can learn from it."