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Rockdale school board to approve less staff

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.

Comments

johndoemo_ 2 years, 3 months ago

SO we are losing 444 students so we cut 69 teachers. Does that mean that 69 teachers were teaching 444 kids? That is a student:teacher ratio of roughly 6.5 to 1. Also, this reduction is approx 8.5 % of the teachers in the county. Does that mean that the county office leadership jobs will get an 8.5% reduction? Or do they need to keep the same amount of management jobs even though there are less teachers to manage?

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buck 2 years, 3 months ago

So they are going to cut 69 teachers and save us over $5,000,000. I guess that they will just pay the staff more and not consider giving the tax payers a break as usual.

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heresyafacts 2 years, 3 months ago

I'd rather see cuts made in administration. The teachers are at least doing something constructive; most of the admin appear to be doing nothing.

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buck 2 years, 3 months ago

Are you people SLEEPING or not paying attention? The Board of Education is going to cut 69 teachers and no staff. The front line on this battle are teachers......If we don't have good teachers and the support from the central office of the disipline problems we will never solve the problem! I'm sure that you also realize that we pay over the state limit of 20 mills in school taxes agianst your porperty taxes. Actually we are paying the highest rate of school taxes in the STATE of Georgia at 24.5 mills which is 20% beynd the rest of the state. The only question I have for you is our we getting our moneys worth. I THINK NOT! This must be some sort of a bad Joke! PLEASE EITHER RUN FOR BOE OFFICE OR VOTE FOR SOMEBOBY ELSE TO RUN THIS DIASTER.

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WayBack 2 years, 3 months ago

Our school does a climate survey every year where the teachers rate the leadership. It is a good idea and I always participate. I wonder why we dont get surveys about county leadership? There are certain county office leaders who are very helpful. But there are some that I never see unitl they have created some monstrosity of a new ineffective program that sucks time and funds away from teaching. I would like the opportunity to provide feedback on that.

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Freedom1 2 years, 3 months ago

Buck, You are right, it's always the teachers. I'm not a teacher, but I know they are frightened, bullied, and take the brunt of everything that goes wrong, while the administrators take all the credit for what goes right, and the attending bonus' and accolades. We need a new Board, we need the voices of the teachers. We need for people to turn off the TV and pay attention!

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Sundance 2 years, 2 months ago

I hear a lot of teachers talking about how the county office should make cuts instead of losing so many teachers. Here is a recent story where Dekalb found that they were too top heavy and did just that. Maybe Rockdale should do the same thing. http://www.wsbradio.com/ap/ap/georgia/report-school-system-has-too-many-administrators/nGTcB/

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