On Monday night, the Fayette County Board of Education approved a personnel report that lists the retirement of 28 employees, the resignation of eight more and six reclassifications as part of the plan to reduce 310 full time equivalent (FTE) school system employees from the 2,500 employees.
The retirees, ranging from Fayette County High School’s longtime principal Charles Warr, through a baker’s dozen of teachers from nearly every school, bookkeepers, paraprofessionals, nutritionists, coordinators and assistant principals, are coming from nearly every school in the system.
“We’re getting closer and closer to contract time,” said superintendent Dan Colwell. “We have a lot of people announcing their retirement since last meeting, some resignations and some reclassifications.”
Board chairman Marion Key lamented the years of experience the system will be losing.
“I look at seven administrators,” said board member Bob Todd, “and having worked both sides of this desk, I really appreciate the contributions of those folks for their years of service. They have helped to make it [the system] great and I wanted to recognize those contributions.”
“We’re losing some very valuable members of the staff here.”
OF the 310 jobs that are being cut, over 140 are certified positions- principals, teachers, counselors- and another 145 are classified positions- parapros and secretaries.
The rest of the cuts will come from central office staff and support positions.
Paraprofessionals will be hit particularly hard by the reductions, as many of those positions are not funded by the state. With so many of these positions set to be eliminated, Colwell and his staff made the decision to send termination letters to every parapro in the system, then allow the whole pool to re-apply, leaving hiring at the discretion of school principals.
At the same meeting, the school board officially removed Tyrone and Brooks elementary schools, Fayette Intermediate and Fayette Middle Schools from the school system’s Local Facilities Plan.
“This doesn’t affect the future use of the buildings, but it removes them from the current list of inventory of schools we’re going to operate,” noted Mike Satterfield, Director of Facility Services. “It doesn’t affect the future use of the building, but it’s not earning entitlement of capital outlay, so if we need to do something, like put a new roof on it, it would be done at local expense.”
Additionally, the board voted to deed over a tract of land along Veteran’s Parkway to the county.