Contrary to estimated calculations, no Reduction in Force (RIF) for teachers is needed for the Fiscal Year 2014.
As part of the budget process, over 200 less positions (various positions) across the school district, which includes some central office staff employees, were not included in the FY2014 final budget due to outsourcing of some custodial services, school closings, program closings, maximizing class sizes, and attrition. In addition, there are no work schedule adjustment or furlough days included for FY2014.
The good news of no RIF comes after more than $141 million dollars has been reduced in state funding. Like other school districts across the state, reductions in state funding forced the administration to find and recommend viable options to continue to provide quality education to all students, allow the district to operate prudently, and balance the budget.
"Retirements, resignations, and restructuring of some positions helped the district avoid a RIF," stated Kathy Tessin, Chief of Human Resources. "We were also able to use positions filled last year with end of year hires, which are not automatically issued or guaranteed annually."
The attrition rate was also higher in the spring than in previous years. In 2012, there were 85 retirements and resignations from April to June. In 2013, there were 132 resignations and retirements in the teacher classification group in the same time frame.