According to the AJC, some suggested cuts include but are not limited to: 386 lost jobs including 187 kindergarten paraprofessionals, shortening the school year by five days, and part-time employees losing benefits. Although it was reportedly unknown how this will affect class size, odds are already overcrowded classrooms will see an increase. Very few administrative positions are expected to be eliminated and/or affected. While these cuts were initially predicted to save $85 million by the end of the 2011-2012 school year, Heatley now expects to end the fiscal year $62.6 million over budget. (At last night’s meeting, Heatley’s predicted the loss would be over $119 million)
Some good news is that unlike other counties, no schools are expected to close, and the remaining staff will not have to endure furlough days.
Additionally, according to the Clayton News-Daily, our BOE will review their strategic plan which outlines, among other things, ”…performance objectives and measures for the district, and lay out steps for improving student achievement,” which is an important aspect to CCPS regaining full SACS accreditation status.
The meeting will be held in the Board Room (1058 Fifth Avenue, Jonesboro) at 6:00 PM beginning with executive session and the regular work session to be held afterwards.
CCPS’ completed budget will be submitted on April 26.