BoE eyes loss of 144 teachers, 145 parapros or others

The Fayette County Board of Education in the coming weeks will make a decision on the number of employee positions that will be reduced because of a budget shortfall. The board faces the requirement to trim millions from the 2013—2014 budget the begins in July.

That number currently sits at approximately 310 jobs that are being proposed for elimination at the end of the school year in June.

Assistant Superintendent of Business and Personnel Management Tom Gray at the March 25 called meeting said the proposed 309.69 job reductions include the loss of 246.69 FTEs (full-time equivalents) through elimination and another 63 through the closure of four schools.

The breakdown showed a total systemwide reduction of 143.69 certified positions such as teachers, assistant principals and counselors for a savings of $7.8 million, 145 classified positions such as parapros and secretaries for a savings of $2.5 million and 20.5 jobs in central office and in support positions for a savings of $1.2 million.

Along with the $3.8 million saved by the school closures, the total savings through reductions will save approximately $15.5 million next school year.

The school system currently employs 2,576 staff. The proposed reductions of approximately 309 FTEs would decrease that number to 2,267. If approved by the school board in the coming weeks in preparation for next year’s budget, the reductions will follow a similar number of job losses over the past few years due to falling state and local revenues that fund nearly all school system expenses.

Gray noted that the number of actual staff affected in the FTE reduction has not been determined since the school system employs full-time, half-time, part-time and job share staff.

A breakdown of the proposal showed a loss of 158.12 FTEs at elementary schools with 64.12 of those positions coming in the form of certified staff and 94 as classified staff. Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell said the larger number of reductions in the elementary schools, a total of 30 certified and 33 classified employees, is due to the closure of three of those schools, the expected decrease in elementary school enrollment next year and the teacher-student ratio that is currently the smallest in the state.

Middle schools are proposed to lose 68.58 FTEs, including 45.58 certified positions and 23 certified positions. High schools under the proposal would lose 61.99 employees. Of those, 33.99 positions are certified and 28 are classified.

Viewed systemwide, elementary schools this year employ 693.14 certified staff and 313.5 classified staff. Those numbers next year are proposed to shrink to 629.05 certified staff and 219.5 classified employees.

The school system’s middle schools currently employ 394.48 certified staff and 101.94 classified staff. The proposal would have certified staff decreasing to 348.9 and classified staff decreasing to 78.94.

And at the county’s high schools, certified staff currently number 519.34 with 166.5 classified employees. Under the proposal those numbers would decrease to 485.35 and 138.5, respectively.

The reductions in central office will include two director level positions, the human resources director, the purchasing agent, a technical position, a social worker, three special education positions, two secretaries and three facilities maintenance positions. Some of the central office positions have already been eliminated or consolidated into other positions to save additional funds for the current school year that ends in June. As for the reductions in support staff, those include one transportation department administrator and five bus drivers.

Still other proposed reductions include the elimination of fifth-grade band and orchestra, eliminating contracted orchestra instruction and eliminating assistant band directors at each high school, though the band directors at the middle schools will assist at the high school level. Those reductions would save $320,000.

Other program reductions that would save approximately $80,000 include reducing softball and wrestling at middle schools while the hourly non-benefit parking lot attendants will be paid entirely through parking lot fees.

The school board when making its decision on job reductions will also be faced with building a significant amount of money into the 2013-2014 budget to account for a fund balance to the tune of several million dollars. Gray said the school board should establish a goal over the next two or more years of having approximately 10 percent in reserve.

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COUNTY OFFICE FLUFF

TO MY KNOWLEDGE MCINTOSH HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IS GOING TO COUNTY OFFICE ALSO TO FILL A VOID.WHAT VOID YOU ASK?ME TOO.ASK SWEAT!!!

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The coordinators of Reading, Math, and Science are all retiring. The principal at FMS will be the new principal at RSMS (due to retirement). The principal at BMMS will replace Sandra Watson at the county office. The principal at FCHS and AP at Hood Avenue are both retiring. The only principal yet to be placed from the schools that are closing is the principal at Brooks.

Principals are in the process of submitting recommendations for contracts. The board will vote on the recommendations at the April 29 meeting.

There is also a finalist for superintendent, the current superintendent of Ware County Schools.

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COUNTY OFFICE ADDING PERSONNEL

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT WITH THE CRUNCH ON REGARDING FINANCES AND TEACHERS LOSING THEIR JOBS THAT COUNTY OFFICE WOULD TAKE TWO PRINCIPALS OUT OF THEIR SCHOOLS AND GIVE THEM FLUFF JOBS IN COUNTY OFFICE THAT COULD BE DONE WITH THE PEOPLE ALREADY THERE AND THEN HAVE TO HIRE TWO MORE PRINCIPALS TO TAKE OVER THEIR SCHOOLS.THE BOARD IS FOOLING THE PUBLIC TO ALLOW THIS.

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What new jobs are you referring too? It would seem that most of the principals that are moving are filling spots that are becoming vacant from retirements. FCHS and RSMS principals have announced retirement already. With the incentive announced last month it seems that some more admin spots would open up and the displaced principals and asst principals would move into those spots or return to the classroom.

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With 4 school closing a, it would seem that 4 principals would be "out of a job," but that's not necessarily the case. FIS and Hood Ave are going to be combined and will only have 1 administration, which is currently the case. There is currently an interim principal at Tyrone. The principal at RSMS is retiring at the end of the year, so it would make since to move a principal into that position. That only leaves 1 principal who probably will move into a county position. The principal at Tyrone will probably still stay on staff and will probably move into county as well (maybe not the principal specifically, but 1 of the 4).

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Apparently the more experienced teachers will not have to worry. Just recent hires. It depends on your schools situation. Know nothing about admins.

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Catch up!

Citizen, you are behind......some of these cut have already been made, last week. You need to keep up!

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Not all of them.

Still waiting for the shoe to drop. They still have not given criteria.

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Not all of them.

Still waiting for the other shoe to drop at my school. It has made this week very stressful. I wish they would just tell us.

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stressful week...

...exactly...just tell us and be done with it. We need to start filling out apps now if we're going to be cut. Why the delay? What a great spring break, right?

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We have a better idea now.

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Why wait? If you think you could be downsized, then get the applications out there. If you are kept, its easier to pull your application than start the process late.

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5th grade band/orchestra

Look, the bottom line is cuts need to be made in order to keep our fiscal heads above water. Schools are closing, parapros are losing jobs, teachers are losing jobs, counselors are losing jobs, and assistant principals are again losing jobs. In the grand scheme of things, cutting 5th grade band/orchestra is not going to keep our students from maintaining the high quality music programs that we currently have. Is the going to help these students? No, not by any means. But cuts need to be made and when you look at the big picture of so many people losing jobs, cutting 5th grade band/orchestra pales in comparison to the other cuts we are implementing. Entire schools are closing for goodness sake!

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Save Fayette County Music Programs
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How much does this "educational" channel cost? If it is funding through some sort of grant that is one thing. However, if it is coming out of the BOE budget it is a total waste of money. Besides, the music hurts my ears.

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What criteria?

I really wish they would just come out and tell the people who are losing their jobs. What criteria? If it is an English teacher, which one and why?