Newport School Board considers cuts

(NEWPORT, KY) -- It was a packed house at the Newport school board meeting on Wednesdya night as parents concerned about the district's fiscal responsibility came to question the board on spending.

Looming state cuts for 2009, and concern that teacher's statewide will only get a one percent raise have parents asking the district to come up with the money elsewhere.

"We would like to take a look at our central office staffing and determine if that's the most effective staff we could have," said Janean Parsons, a concerned parent.

"They're very spooked about the cuts and every body's a target to make sure their pot gets heavier and the raises get bigger," said superintendent Michael Brandt.

Superintendent Brandt says the district has lost a thousand students in recent years, which has forced what he calls 'surgical cuts' in the district.