CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools is expecting to operate with fewer teachers next school year due to slowed student enrollment.
The Rockdale County Board of Education is expected to approve at its monthly meeting this week 743 certified teacher allotments as the minimum number of positions needed for the 2012-13 school year. This includes 349 elementary school teachers, 175 middle school teachers and 219 high school teachers.
"This is a reduction of 69 regular education teachers for the next school year," said RCPS Superintendent Samuel King during Thursday's work session, when the item was presented to the school board. "These teacher allotments are needed due to a student enrollment decrease (of 444 students) and decreased revenues."
In December, 15,746 students were enrolled in RCPS, which is 429 less than what was projected at the beginning of the school year; 15,727 were enrolled at the end of last school year, which was 300 students less than projected.
Most staff reductions of this size typically occur through resignations, retirement and other natural attrition, according to Lee Davis, chief financial officer at RCPS.
"This is preliminary, so we may have a handful (of staff cuts) but hopefully not," he said.
The school board is expected to approve the allotments, which are part of a consent agenda, at its meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the RCPS central complex, which is located at 954 North Main St. in Olde Town Conyers.
Any changes that occur will be presented for approval for the 2012-13 school year budget later this year.
Staffing and salary schedules will be determined in April, and the school board is expected to adopt a tentative budget on May 17.
The board is expected to approve a final budget on June 21 and a millage rate in July or August.