Today at 12:30, the board will be asked to “RIF” even more employees – including an additional 250 teachers. Atkinson has already admitted to reducing nearly 600 teachers through ‘attrition’ – so looks like we will be losing close to 850 teachers – as well as 120 more parapros — even though the public statement is ‘we have not cut teachers’.
Item D.1 on the agenda of the School Board’s Called Meeting for today (7/11/2012) at 12:30 PM:
Pursuant to Board of Education Policy GBKA (Personnel Lay-Off), it is requested that the Board of Education approve a Reduction in Force Plan to not exceed 120 paraprofessional positions and 250 teacher positions as a result of the FY2013 approved Budget. This action is necessary due to a 2 student increase in class sizes and the restructuring of the Pre-Kindergarten program.
This is in addition to the cuts below approved at the last meeting:
- The property taxes in DeKalb county were raised by one full millage point.
- All employees are subject to 2 more furlough days on top of the already scheduled furlough days.
- 70 more people in the central office will lose their job
- Pre-k programs will be reduced to only what the state funds provide
- 52 magnet teachers will lose their magnet job
- 28 Montessori teachers will lose their magnet job
- Transportation to special programs: DECA, magnet, themes AMS and STT remains unchanged
- Transportation for field trips will be cut by $1.6 million
- Additional transportation (efficiency plan) will be cut $700,000
- 200 general ed parapros will lose their jobs
- 25 media specialists will lose their jobs
- 29 (all remaining) media clerks will lose their jobs
- 10 SROs will lose their jobs
- Overtime pay for extra activities will be reduced by $5 million
- Fernbank will have to cut $1.9 million from its programs budget
- 10 Asst Principals lost through attrition will not be replaced
- 10 counselors lost through attrition will not be replaced
- 20 interpreters will lose their jobs
- The summer work schedule is reduced to 4 – 10 hour days
- Employees will have to subsidize health insurance by an additional $35.57/month
- Employees will have to subsidize dental insurance by an additional $16.02/month
- Regular Ed Class sizes will increase by 2
- Special Ed Class sizes will increase by 2
Below is the original Excel spreadsheet with all of the columns expanded.
Also, we are unable to get a true handle on exactly how many central office staff have been cut. Many of the magnet teachers and maintenance workers were considered CO staff, and were moved out from under the CO budget into other budgets. We cannot tell if the administration has performed the cuts recommended by the study commissioned last fall. Results were released in January. Some of the documents can be found under our Facts & Sources tab. The AJC report is below:
But then, here’s the part we don’t get. We downloaded the QBE allocations for DeKalb from the State. Click on the graphic to view the allotments and print it out.
According to this document, we have been allocated funding for 6,002.42 teachers. How many do we have now that about 850 have been cut? We have been allocated funding for 153.66 subject specialists (also teachers), 191.84 counselors, 88.45 tech specialists, 168.51 Media Center personnel, 46.57 special ed leaders, 39.30 psychologists, 39.30 VT/SW (not sure what that is), 194.31 secretaries, 154.97 assistant principals, 133.00 principals, 6 assistant superintendents, 1 accountant and 1 superintendent.
The state allocates $350,075,523 for direct instruction (teachers), $8,212,359 for central office, $19,379,838 for school administration, and $22,896,304 for facility maintenance (an area we get punished for by the state for having too many unused seats/buildings/small schools). This is all just money from the state QBE formula. The local contribution adds more and then there is an additional $30-50 million in Title 1, depending on who you talk to.
So the state, after calculating what they determine DeKalb should be allotted as described above, then subtracted $63,865,717 in what is known as an ‘austerity cut’*, and sent DeKalb $351,419,912 plus $4,477,864 for pupil transportation (327 drivers), and $1,640,516 for nurses, for a grand total of $357,538,292. [*It is up to local taxpayers to make up the difference in what the state does not fund or chooses to cut from calculated funding.]
As one blogger pointed out in the comments at the AJC blog, why is it that the administration seems bent on sticking to state funding when it comes to parapros and media specialist (which we think may now have dipped below funded levels) but not when it comes to transportation?
Like we have said several times, school system leaders should build a system from scratch. Begin with these state allocations as the bare bones minimum and then see what you can afford to add given the local and federal funds. We will be following up after these cuts to ensure that at the very least, the above stated funding from the state is carried out completely as it is the state that apparently funds the classroom.