12:47 pm February 24, 2010, by Maureen Downey
The calls for DeKalb County Schools to cut back on its central office staff are being heeded. The AJC is reporting today that Superintendent Crawford Lewis is calling for 148 employees to be laid off and that the cuts will come from all areas of the central office.
It sounds like the parents are being heard. Many have been critical of central office bloat and inflated salaries for jobs that don’t have much to do with student learning. (Now, if Lewis would turn back his raise, DeKalb parents would be even more certain they are being heard.)
According to the story:
The reduction in staff is necessary to meet a projected $88 million deficit, Superintendent Crawford Lewis told board members Wednesday morning. The staff cuts will save the district about $10.7 million, Lewis said.
The 148 positions represent about 15 percent of the district’s 982 employees in the central office, according to Ramona Tyson, the district’s deputy chief superintendent of business operations. The district is also looking at furloughs or pay cuts, along with closing schools and cutting programs.
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