District prepares to reduce workforce

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

The inevitable became reality this week for Gulf District Schools.

During a special meeting Monday, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton officially notified the School Board and the union representing district employees of a Reduction of Force as the public schools stare down a deficit of more than $800,000 for the next budget year.

The cuts have been predicted by Norton for months, even with the voter approval of a one mill additional levy in March that continues for four years.

“We had a projected shortfall of more than $2 million without the additional one mill,” Norton said. “This school year is balanced. This is all based on next year’s projections.

“As we have known about the shortfall, even with the additional mill, we had to sit down and plan for it, to identify potential cuts. We knew this was coming.”

Notifying the School Board and union of the pending job cuts is a requirement by law.

The notification also provides some flexibility to the district on how cuts will be made.

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