District prepares to reduce workforce

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

The district, as it does each year, last month notified those personnel employed for less than three years and on annual contract that their contracts were up.

In a typical year, the district will hire nearly all those teachers back once budget numbers are clear.

The union, president Billy Hoover said, would like the district to make the cuts from that pool of teachers and not hire 30 back before cutting other teaching positions.

“They want to cut tenured teachers, which I don’t understand,” Hoover said.

However, where a Reduction of Force notification has been issued, state law mandates that districts not take seniority into account on job cuts.

“We can not make these cuts on the back of our younger teachers,” Norton said. “As the state requires, we had to decide that the number one priority was to identify our program needs of the students of Gulf County.”

Norton said the estimated number of positions eliminated in the teaching ranks to be 12-15, adding that cuts will be significantly realized through attrition.

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