Latest CCSD budget reductions cut 563 school positions
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
The Clark County School District has completed reductions of approximately $68 million from its 2018-19 general operating fund in order to present a balanced budget in accordance with state law.
The balanced budget was approved by the Board of School Trustees on May 21, 2018.
However, Chief Human Resources Officer Andre Long emphasized that CCSD continues to hire for some positions opened by retirements and other openings, especially teaching positions.
“CCSD still has almost 800 open teaching positions, and we encourage teachers who are considering moving to Clark County or others interested in entering the teaching profession to join our team,” Long said. “We look forward to welcoming new teachers to continue the recent momentum we have seen in increasing student achievement.”
In order to be transparent with the community and communicate the effects of the latest budget reductions, the District is releasing additional information about how schools decided to accommodate the reductions needed to balance their school strategic budgets with their respective School Organizational Teams
Central Service departments were asked to reduce their 2018-19 budgets by approximately $15.5 million to accommodate increased employee costs in their areas.
Schools reduced funding by approximately $47 million because they had the majority of employees whose costs increased. School reductions included:
- Total amount reduced by high schools - Approximately $17.6 million
- Total amount reduced by middle schools - Approximately $10.7 million
- Total amount reduced by elementary schools - Approximately $18.8 million
School-by-school reductions to positions accompany this release.
In general, reductions were made to school supply budgets, site-based programs, licensed personnel positions, administrative positions and support staff positions.
Here are the most common reductions:
- Number of schools that reduced licensed personnel, including teaching positions - 260 schools
- Number of schools that reduced supply budgets, including funds for anything from textbooks and technology to general supplies - 218 schools
- Number of schools that reduced support staff personnel, including office staff, custodial positions, teaching aides, etc. - 82 schools
- Number of schools that reduced site-based programs, including intervention programs - 60 schools
- Number of schools that reduced administrative personnel, including deans or assistant principals - 57 schools
Total school-based positions reduced for 2018-19 school year due to recent budget reductions:
- Number of licensed positions reduced district-wide 400
- Number of support staff positions reduced district-wide 104
- Number of administrative positions reduced district-wide 59.5
- Total number of positions reduced district-wide 563.5
The reductions in positions resulted in a spring surplus process for licensed personnel, support staff, and administrative staff.
As of today, fewer than five teachers have not yet been reassigned to an open position. Fewer than 20 support staff have not yet been reassigned, and all administrators have been reassigned to an open position.
Human Resources will continue to work to place affected employees in open positions that they qualify for.
“We are heartened that we were able to reassign almost all employees affected by this reduction to open positions created by retirements and other openings,” Long said.
This is an unfortunate situation due to increasing employee costs and other costs that are outpacing growth in school funding. Still, CCSD has been proud of recent academic achievements gained despite budget reductions.