Efforts to finalize the plan are still in the works, said Superintendent Jeff McDaniel in a prepared statement on Monday.
Last week, McDaniel said he wasn’t sure how many employees would be affected, but school principals are expected to receive a
list of their selected employees today.
“I will be meeting individually with principals and directors over the next few days to inform our system leaders of system and school employees impacted by the RIF plan,” McDaniel wrote in an email sent to all system employees Monday morning.
The message informed staff members that every employee included in the reduction in force would be informed by Friday.
“However, please understand that there will continue to be reassignments of personnel over the next several months as a result of the implementation of the RIF plan,” he said.
The email outlined the need to institute a RIF plan to keep the school system fiscally sound.
Severe cuts in state funding to the school system over the last 10 years made a RIF plan was necessary.
McDaniel emphasized that the school system is doing everything to maximize resources for children in the school system and serve the vital programs in our schools while reducing the system’s overall workforce.
Through the implementation of the RIF plan, the school system hopes to save more than $7 million in salaries for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1, 2013.
“I know that this process has been difficult for all of our personnel in our system,” McDaniel wrote. “It is our hope that making the hard decisions as early as possible this year will help those impacted prepare for the next school year.”
He also emphasized the need to proceed with the implementation of the RIF plan professionally and with courtesy toward system employees.
“No one included in the plan should find out through a news story in the newspaper or on social media,” McDaniel wrote. “I will continue to work toward that goal this week.”