Muscogee County School District said no teachers will be laid off this upcoming school year despite more than $141 million dollar reduction in state funding. This is only the beginning of positive news for the school district.
Valerie Fuller, Director of Communications for Muscogee County Schools, said this is also the first time in about 5 years that there will not be any furlough days for employees. Fuller says this is welcome news for the school district.
The closing of Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle schools had Columbus teachers worried about their employment for the upcoming school year.
"We have to make the best decisions. Some of them are critical decisions in order to prudently run the school district and operate while still making sure that every child is receiving a quality education," says Fuller. She says teachers don't need to worry anymore.
"We saw this spring more attrition, more resignations, and more retirements," says Fuller. In 2012, there were 85 retirements and resignations from April until June. In 2013, there were 132 resignations and retirements during the same time period. Fuller says this helped significantly during the process but it wasn't the only contributing factor.
Outsourcing of custodial services, school closings, program closings, and maximizing class sizes also allowed teacher to keep their jobs. Fuller encourages parents to register students early so the school district can get a good idea of the staffing they will need for the upcoming school year.
"All of this is like a domino effect. Everything affects one other thing and so the earlier parents register their kids for school the better idea we have of the number of teachers that we need as well as routes and schedules for transportation," says Fuller.
Parents can register their students Monday through Friday at the registration office on Macon Road or Monday through Thursday at their specific schools.
The city did outsource their custodial services and laid off 77 custodial personnel for the 2014 fiscal year, but at least 54 of them have been hired by the new firm and others are being considered for jobs in different departments.
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