NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla.-- Students and their parents showed up to Fletcher High School on Friday demanding answers. They want to know why some classes they've waited years to take are suddenly being cut from the curriculum.
"I waited to take AP music theory until this year since I was waiting to take it until I was prepared and now they're dropping it," said one frustrated rising senior.
Action News has learned due to a budget squeeze, the normal 693 classes usually offered will be sized down to 510 classes. Principal Don Nelson says the slashing makes sense.
"We want to offer students as many choices as possible but we can't offer classes with students with seven, eight, nine, 10, 11 students in their classes and be more responsible to the taxpayer and make sure they're maximizing the number of students in it," said Nelson.
He says he is only eliminating classes that have lost their popularity, like third-year language courses, but he's also been forced to eliminate 12 teacher positions in the process.
"It concerns me," said parent Nancy Carrier. "Teachers are the reason that we send our kids to school so they can learn."
Nelson says positions eliminated were either retiring teachers or those moving to other schools, but parents say there's no excuse for cutting back.
"I think there's other options I think if the state and the county could work together at reducing costs in some areas we can probably put more teachers in the classrooms," said Carrier.
Nelson says when more funds do become available he hopes to bring back many of these classes.