JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- They're some of the most highly-trained educators in Duval County; 24 administrators including assistant principals who took extra courses to fill top positions at your kids' schools have seen their salaries slashed by thousands of dollars.
The most $24,000," said school board member, Paula Wright.
Wright spoke on behalf of the 24 administrators who were too afraid of losing their jobs to go on camera.
"We should not expect from this district that a person's pay check is changed without prior knowledge that could put anybody into a financial hardship," said Wright.
Wright says some of these assistant principals would make more money by going back to teaching.
"What we're looking at is losing possibly some very talented, very structured, very trained administrators now because some of them have opted to go back into the classroom," said Wright.
Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti admits pay cuts aren't easy but necessary to balance the budget.
"This is always difficult but at some point I think equity is important," he said. It's a decision that may be good for the district's bottom line, but only time will tell how good it is for local students.
"I think that we owe them better than that," said Wright.