The Clay Community School Corporation will be notifying 12 staff members by letter that they are being considered for the reduction in workforce (RIF) to take place during the 2005/06 school year.
The board's search for $1 million in cuts of excessive expenses is limited to the General Fund, which consists of 90 percent salaries and benefits for employees. Many of these positions are negotiable only under contract, so options are limited.
"If we didn't need the money for the budget cuts we wouldn't be RIF-ing teachers," board member Steve Grigsby said to the audience before the school board approved the necessary action at last night's meeting.
The recommendation for the RIF was presented by Superintendent William Schad and Director of Business Randy Burns at the request of the board as one of 16 ways to generate budget cuts without closing an elementary school.
"There's more than $800,000 in that one cut," Schad said about the RIFs during the presentation.
The board approved the recommendation on March 10 with the request that it be researched and a seniority list of the entire staff of the corporation be compiled, taking into consideration each staff members qualifications and licensees. This led to some teaching positions at schools being restructured to insure job placement of qualified teachers.
Three types of letters will be sent out by the administration.
Staff members low in seniority but qualified through their licensees could receive precautionary letters alerting them that a teacher with higher seniority could bump them from the list and they could become part of the RIF.
Low-seniority staff members with contracts that can be scaled back will receive letters alerting them to these changes. This might include being transferred to a different school to fill a position voided by a staff member whose contract was eliminated, opted for retirement or will be resigning.
Those who are unable to meet the qualifications will receive letters informing them that their contracts have been eliminated.
Although 12 letters will be sent out to staff members informing them of their part in the RIF, only 5.7 of those will actually be staff cuts according to Superintendent Schad.