Caddo schools anticipate job reduction

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 9:57am

As phase one of the Vision 2020 plan gets underway, the Caddo Parish School Board is going down to the wire to approve changes to next school year's budget, which will include job reductions.

Dozens of frustrated teachers wanting answers about the proposed job cuts packed the Caddo School board room Tuesday afternoon where the school board held a 2-hour long budget work session.  Immediately after that work session, a special session began where teachers could voice their concerns.  One thing on everyone's minds, "Will I have a job next year?"

The job reductions will affect not only teachers, but also custodians, officer clerks, bus drivers and other service positions in the district.  Many of these nearly 300 eliminated positions will be taken care of by temporary jobs and return retiree positions being eliminated and employees retiring at the end of this school year.

The resulting teacher-student ratio has many teachers concerned with the likelihood of more students being added into each classroom with the downsize in teacher numbers.

A concerned science teacher stood in front of the board explaining that adding two more students to a classroom may not sound like much, but it changes the classroom setting.

But not all teachers present at the special session expressed disapproval of the budget.  One teacher, who admitted he has not supported the Vision 2020 plan throughout the process, ensured that approving these changes would benefit the school district in the long run.

The school board plans to vote on the approval of the final budget at a special session next Tuesday afternoon.

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