Mayo thanked the board for working through a very difficult budget season. “It’s been difficult for all of us.” He said that included having to furlough teachers.
Mayo said the number of administrators in the district has been reduced by 13 percent, which is saving about $1 million, as has 9.5 percent of “the teaching force.”

The superintendent called that 13 percent reduction in administrators significant and added the district has never been administratively heavy “regardless of what people perceive.” Mayo said he’s worked in school districts in five states and someone in every one of those districts believed they were top heavy in administrators.

Smith praised Mayo for voluntarily freezing his own salary. “It’s a good salary but everybody deserves a raise. You didn’t take it, for two years in a row.”