I am baffled how a mistake of this nature could occur with something as critical as teacher contracts, but here it is:
MEMO TO: Certified Instructional, Supervisory, and Administrative Personnel
FROM: Dr. Tekshia Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer
THROUGH: Dr. Cheryl L. H. Atkinson, Superintendent
REFERENCE: Clarification Memo Regarding Employment Contracts for the 2012-2013 School Year
Thank you for your contributions to the DeKalb County School District. Please allow this memo to serve as clarification to the Employment Contract for the 2012-2013 school year you received on April 30, 2012.
Each year the District includes in the employment contract certain measures leading into the budget process. This amount generally reflects a lower amount due to the timing of the budget process and the State of Georgia required deadline for contract issuance. According to state law, the deadline for contract issuance is before the deadline for the final adoption of the operating budget. The contract you received reflected the language from the 2010 contract and should have reflected what was printed on the 2011 contract. The Superintendent intends on recommending to the Board of Education, at a minimum, the same number of work calendar days for FY2013 as worked in FY2012.
Please know that the Superintendent DOES NOT intend to take a recommendation to the Board with any additional reductions in pay from the current work calendar. Our goal is to deliver to the Board of Education a balanced budget that will support all District operations.
As teachers, you are on the front line of the District, impacting lives everyday. We appreciate your efforts and are committed to pushing as many dollars to the school as possible. Upon final adoption of the FY2013 budget, you will be notified, in writing, of such action and your salary will be adjusted accordingly, as it has in the past few years.
Once again, please know that we are working hard and doing all that we can to have a balanced budget and lastly, I would like to reiterate that the Superintendent intends on recommending to the Board of Education, at a minimum, the same number of work calendar days for FY2013 as worked in FY2012.
For additional information regarding this clarification memo: please email the Division of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you once again.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog