I moderated a panel of 11 DeKalb school board candidates last night, which had a full house.
It was at 6:o0 p.m. at Westwood College, near Northlake Mall. (Details of event are here.)
In the meantime, I have received several emails on how poorly DeKalb is informing laid-off employees that they no longer have jobs. Two weeks ago, the school board approved 412 layoffs of paraprofessionals, media clerks and specialists, interpreters, school resource officers, central office workers and bus monitors
The AJC is reporting that the DeKalb board meets today and the topic is reduction in staff.
Just heard from someone who wrote:
“I was with a friend going to the county office to complete her retirement papers because her job has been cut. The office was crowded with people, many paraprofessionals and some media specialists, trying to find out whether or not they still have a job. The board/administration has not yet even sent out the letters informing those who are being terminated. My friend found out when another employee at her school happened to be out at the county office and was told to call her and tell her she no longer had a job.
This is a despicable way to notify employees, some who have been valued employees for many years, that they no longer have a position. Will there never be responsible leadership in this county’s school system?
I am sending a note to Walter Woods to ask about this.
See you at the panel if you can make it.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog