By law the board must notify the employees before the end of the school year, said Superintendent Claire Dryden. It gives them an opportunity to look for a new job, she added.
One of the reasons the system has notified the teachers it isn’t renewing their contracts is that the school system doesn’t know how much money it will receive from the federal budget and she isn’t sure if the board will have the money to keep all the employees on, Dryden said. It’s possible some of the 23 employees will be rehired by the system, she said, but some will not if principals think they can find better qualified personnel for some positions.
Erica Pippins, public information specialist for the Alabama State Department of Education, said school systems might lay off employees because of uncertain funding, budget cuts or shrinking enrollments. Many school systems are required to send out notices even if they may rehire the workers, she added. The notices typically are issued at the end of the school year because that is when the contracts for non-tenured teachers and contract support staff expire, Pippins said.
“Some school districts lay off all non-tenured teachers and contract support staff; others do not for fear of losing qualified personnel,” Pippins wrote in an email.
The board approved the first round of layoffs at their May 6 meeting.
In other business, the board members:
-Accepted the resignations of Debbie Yakely, a teacher at the middle school, and Debbie Vise, a teacher at Cleburne County Elementary School.
-Approved hiring Coline Worth as coordinator of curriculum, instruction, professional development and certification.
-Approved the transfer of special education instructional aides Trisha Ogletree from the middle school to Cleburne County High School, and Rebecca Forney from Cleburne County Elementary School to the middle school.
-Approved the summer reading and classroom novel lists for Cleburne County High School and Middle School.
-Approved the support salary schedule for the 2013-14 school year. It is unchanged from this school year’s salary schedule.
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