LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - 508 signatures fill a petition Beulah High School Junior Travis Johnson and several other student leaders started in May, asking Lee County Schools to rehire seven Beulah High teachers whose contracts were not renewed.
On Tuesday, Johnson took the petition to the Lee County Board of Education.
"We have gone around the community and had it signed to hopefully convince the Board to rehire the seven teachers who were fired," explains Johnson.
Lee County Superintendent Dr. Mac McCoy says delays in state funding, need for pending certification issues to be resolved, and the desire for high quality instruction led to the difficult cuts.
In a statement released to News Leader 9 last month, McCoy states:
"The last thing any Superintendent wants to do is non-renew an employee. Having started my career in education as a teacher, my heart breaks for each and every employee who receives a notice of non-renewal."
"I hear budget cuts, but at Beulah High School we just built a million-dollar library, so if everyone is so concerned about budgets, why build something so expensive?" says Johnson.
McCoy was not able to comment on the petition Tuesday.
He tells us 30 employees were let go system-wide, impacting 10 of the 14 Lee County schools.
"These teachers are our friends, our mentors, our family, they helped us strive to be who we are today," explains Johnson.
Of those 30 employees who were let go this year include seven teachers from Beulah High, six from Smiths Station High and Sanford Middle also lost six.
The board says they will be taking the student's concerns and the petition seriously.