Amongst many important issues discussed at the School Board meeting were the numbers for the reductions in staff.
As many of you are now aware there will be reductions and layoffs for the coming year. The Superintendent announced firm numbers to the School board last night for both the Certificated and the Classified personnel.
The general plan is to Reduce non- personnel related expenditures, maximize what can be taken from Categorical Funds. The district plans to reduce short term and summer hours used by teachers and staff for planning.
Among the 7 District Office jobs being eliminated will be Director of Pupil Services, Maintenance Director , One Personnel Director, and the Visual Arts coordinator.
Also slated to be eliminated are 1 H.S. Assistant Principal, 11 Counselors and 1 Psychiatrist. Additionally there will be 9 teaching positions due to declining enrollment, and a further 16 teaching postilions due to the projected budget , as well as eliminating teacher and administration stipends at the elementary level.
The Opportunity program will be eliminated entirely, and these employees will bump or be laid off.
On the Classified side there are plans to reduce 12 Custodial jobs, Reduce 8 campus supervisors, some of which will bump and some of which will receive RIF notices.
One of the hardest hit areas will be the Library and Computer instructor staffs. Due to much of their categorical monies being spent, and no additional funds being granted, the district is looking to reducing their hours to 15 a week. This plan will reduce the hours of 29 positions and eliminate 26 others.
There are another 23 classified position’s that are clerical or otherwise scattered through out the district that will be reduced.
The District also plans to reduce Middle School Intramural stipends by 50%.
This is not a complete accounting of the planned reductions, however it is what was presented to the School board at last night’s meeting. The School board approved the plan and also approved an incentive for Certificated, and Classified to receive a $1000.00 for notifying personnel of their intentions to leave.
For Classified this will mean If you or someone you know is planning to retire or otherwise resign in June, and they are employed 20hours or more a week (benefited) they will receive $1000.00 for letting personnel know by April 1, 2008. This notice cannot be rescinded. If they are retiring they will have the additional benefit that their Insurance cost will remain the same as it is this year as long as they are eligible for coverage.
While this is not going to save everyone’s job, it will help to pull back some of those notices.
CSEA , Myself and our LRR Bill Lokay will be working with the Administration to minimize these and their effects.
As information changes or becomes available we will keep the membership informed.