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School district eyes reduction of 45 teaching positions
by Adam Elrod
May 01, 2013 08:52 AM | 1471 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County School District is considering eliminating 45.5 positions before the next school year.

The cuts would include 32 certified teacher positions, four kindergarten parapro spots, six Title I parapros, and 3.5 Title 1 teaching positions, according to information from the school district.

District officials announced the planned reduction in force during last week’s meeting of the Paulding County School Board.

The district is hoping for some of these cuts to be made through attrition, employees retiring or resigning, said Clark Maggart, executive director of human resources.

He said about 65 percent of the positions could be cut through attrition — not refilling a position once someone leaves voluntarily. Those who are let go could be rehired before the next school year starts, he said. The district currently employs 1,700 certified teachers.

“This is the best shape we have been in the last four years,” Maggart said.

Four years ago the district eliminated 300 employees, three years ago 90 and last year 50. Those cut last year mostly were hired back, he said.

Reductions like these are done because of changes in student enrollment, and discontinuation of programs, according to the district’s reduction in force policy.

When deciding on teachers who will be released the district looks at their evaluations and performances first; followed by tenure status, certification and length of continuous service, according to the policy.

District 3 Board Member Kim Cobb said she is glad to know that through the policy everything is being done fairly. She said she wants to make sure all the new hires know what could happen in these situations if everyone has good evaluations.

“My thing is to be transparent with the taxpayers and the employees,” Cobb said.

Board Vice Chairman Kim Curl said he is glad to see the numbers are better than the past.

“Attrition should help balance us out,” he said.

There are 9.5 positions for Title I employees and the federal government will not send the school system funding for the program until July. Those positions may be filled when funding arrives, Maggart said.

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