All employees will be subject to possible reassignment or termination under a plan put forth at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Superintendent Jeff McDaniel presented the Reduction In Force procedure that will go into effect for fiscal year 2014.
“This is a plan that we have been working on for quite a while, and it deals with some of the hard decisions that go along with the budget,” he said. “We have to assure a fiscally sound budget. That’s our No. 1 job.”
The RIF procedure is being implemented because of the loss in funding that the system has had to continuously endure for the last 10 years.
The plan includes any position or employee of the Floyd County Board of Education and discusses the way recommendations will be made concerning the termination or downgrading of employee positions.
McDaniel said principals would get the list of their employees who will be affected by the plan next Tuesday, but he did not say which positions would be terminated.
“To comment on any detail of it would be speculation at this point,” McDaniel said. “We will finalize those in the next week.”
Taken into consideration first will be employees’ professional expertise, effectiveness and performance, as reflected in evaluations as well as administrators’ observation and knowledge.
According to the presentation, the school system is projected to save more than $7 million through the Reduction In Force plan, with $4.1 million coming from trims in instruction and $1.2 million coming from cuts in school administration. The rest of the cuts include $700,989 in pupil services, $494,876 in general administration, $298,511 in maintenance, $95,989 in transportation and $91,997 in business services.
“This plan is only a part of the budget process, and it is something that we don’t take lightly,” Board Chairman David Johnson said.
The board approved the plan with a 4-0 vote. Board member David Cox was not present because of a family medical issue. The entire presentation and plan is expected to be posted on the school system’s website at some point today.
McDaniel said talks will be scheduled with department directors and principals in the coming days to go over the plan in depth and work out some of the finer details.
As referenced in McDaniel’s presentation, Floyd County Schools has seen the state reduce the school system’s allocation by more than $50 million between 2003 and 2013.
The system slashed general fund spending by more than $4 million between 2009 and 2013 — down to $94.5 million. The budgeted revenue for FY2014 is $86,072,000.
In an effort to deal with the state cuts, Floyd County Schools had eight furlough days built into the 2012-13 school year. Rome City Schools included 10 in its current calendar.
In other action, the board approved the 2013-14 school calendar with a 4-0 vote.
The school year will start Aug. 5 and include a Christmas break from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. The last day of school will be May 22, 2014.
The calendar includes 175 days of instruction as opposed to the optimal 180 days. A copy of the calendar is available on the Floyd County Schools website.