Teachers from both the Johnson Co. School System and Paintsville School System spent a cold/snowy afternoon in Paintsville Tuesday, protesting Senate Bill 1. Senate Bill 1 would change the state’s public employee pension plan, creating a 401(k)/pension hybrid and cutting annual cost of living increases. The bill was dealt a blow on Friday when it was sent back to a committee and it may not make it through the legislative process before the session ends in eight days. But the state is projected to be at least $41 billion short on what it needs to pay in retirement benefits over the next 30 years, according to the Associated Press. Tuesday’s rally in Paintsville was not only for teachers, but for state workers to come together and show support for one another and to send a message to Frankfort that says in part, we (the workers) have done our part and it’s now time you kept your promise. (WSIP spoke with Johnson Co. School Administrator Harry Burchett about Senate Bill 1 and its significance to the future of education. Below is his comments).
The Above 3 Photos Taken by Cathy Goble Gullett
Paintsville City Schools Superintendent Mr. David Gibson and
Johnson County Schools Superintendent Mr. Thom Cochran