After declaring a Reduction in Force at its last regular meeting, the Gulf County School Board stated that no layoffs would take place until the budget for 2013-14 school had been completed.
Still faced with a shortfall of $868,249 for the upcoming year, the board plans to cut a minimum of 12 positions.
During the Tuesday meeting, Gulf County Superintendent Jim Norton said that all decisions would be made by June 30 when the budgets are due.
Gulf County Schools will outsource its custodial services for the next school year, bringing in GCA Services Group.
After receiving a recommendation from Bay County Schools, GCA presented a detailed breakdown of its services to the board for consideration and ultimately awarded the bid.
GCA will begin its transition June 1 bringing in workers and equipment. The company will interview existing janitorial staff and begin training new hires. On July 1 the transition will be complete and GCA will manage all custodial services for Gulf County.
A meeting will take place in the coming weeks between GCA and the current staff to detail the transition and answer any questions.
Norton noted that Franklin County schools had also hired GCA for their upcoming school year.
“We’re on the front end of trendsetting with this outsource,” he said.
After adjournment of the board meeting, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction Sara Joe Wooten commenced the graduation ceremony for the Gulf County Adult School.
Wooten introduced Melody Nelson, teacher for the Port St. Joe Adult School, who just completed her first year with the school, and Billy Hooper, instructor for Wewahitchka for the last five years.
A moment of silence was also given for Caroline Norton who passed away last week. She was a former teacher at the Adult Schools.
The 14 graduates were recognized before the school board and the audience as they received their diploma and Superintendent Norton turned their tassel.
“It isn’t the end of your life,” Norton said, addressing the graduates, “it’s just the beginning.”
A reception took place following the ceremony for the graduates along with their friends and family.