Failing to meet class size will incur a huge fine from the state.
It’s a catch-22. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
With between 30 and 35 thousand students at risk, somehow, I don’t believe that pink slipping 1,400 teachers will ultimately mean that many or most won’t find themselves hired back come August.
But here’s the reality…
The budget cuts facing the district need to be administered by a surgeon in the form of an experienced business person, not a teacher.
The district is experiencing yet another casualty of having an educator manage the business side of the district rather than an experienced business leader.
Such a CEO type would never have hired back those 500 plus teachers last year on one time Federal stimulus dollars.
He (or she) would have found other places to make the necessary cuts or adjustments to permit those teachers to remain on recurring income.
There’s a small bright spot in the district’s dilemma should the Board choose to follow through with it.
Any of the Board members on the winning side of yesterday’s organization chart vote can always reopen the issue for further discussion and / or action.
But before that can happen, the Board must consult with one or more CEO types that can analyze the district budget and make recommendations.
Perhaps somebody like Norman Braman, but there are probably half a dozen others to consider.
The idea is deserving of its own single issue workshop, and rather quickly, I would think.
Two years ago I defended the reduction in teaching staff seeing that the student population of the district was still in decline at the time.
It isn’t the case now. Population has been on the increase for the second year in a row.
In short, the district cannot afford to let too many teachers go if any at all.
Working out the real cost of 1,400 teachers means the district will have to find about $60 million extra in its budget.
It’s obvious that an educator can’t find it.
And who knows? Merrie Meyers might actually be able to keep her job.