Forty certified staff members will lose their jobs before the 2014-15 school year in Jackson County after the board of education voted last week to approve a reduction in force (RIF).
Sixty-five in total will not return next year, but that includes 19 positions already reduced through resignations and retirements.
School superintendent April Howard said the system’s long-term goal is to rebuild a $9 million reserves balance by FY 2017. (The JCSS fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.)
In addition, teachers employed in the JCSS will only have two furlough days next year.
The board’s move approves the following eliminations:
•the driver’s education program (two positions)
•all graduation coaches (two positions)
•all middle school connections/careers positions (two positions)
•four media resource specialist positions
•one district-wide social worker
•one math teacher at Jackson County Comprehensive High School
•one science teacher at JCCHS
•one CTAE FACS teacher at JCCHS
•the half-time CTAE FACS teacher at East Jackson Comprehensive High School
•7.5 regular academic teachers at EJCHS
•the ISS teacher at East Jackson Middle School
•four regular academic teachers at West Jackson Middle School
•11 elementary school regular teachers positions in the district
•one EIP teacher at North Jackson Elementary School will be replaced with a half-time teaching position
•the EIP/Intervention program at Benton Elementary School currently served by two positions will be reduced to one position
•the technology teaching position at East Jackson Elementary School will be eliminated.
For the full story, see the March 19 issue of The Commerce News.