Superintendent for Operations at the NCSS, cuts are being seen at the administrative level as well at the savings of more than $1 million.
“Although district level administrative cuts for FY11 have not been completely detailed and all impacted employees have not been notified, we expect the district’s reorganization at the central office level, effective July 1, 2010, to reduce over $500,000 from the budget,” said Carpen- ter.
Carpenter also said that they had cut several positions at central office prior to these proposed cuts. Middle school curriculum director, central office receptionist, human resources clerk, centralized registration clerk, staff development technology instructor, pupil services technology specialist, .51 of a construction manager position and a special education routing position. He said these cuts will save the system $507,000 annually.
“When you combine these two figures, you will notice that this accounts for more than $1 million dollars in salary and benefits cuts at the central office level within the last year. All of this has and is being done in preparation for FY11 and in an attempt alleviate, to the greatest extent possible, the school level burden of this financial crisis,” said Carpenter.
A Facebook group calling themselves Save Newton County Teachers and Middle School Sports, with over 3,000 members is planning a protest of the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to show their displeasure for the proposed budget cuts. They have received a permit from the Covington Police Department and have a section in the parking lot of the central office building set aside to march in, according to Joy Daniel Cason, the groups creator. This is the only group thus far who has legally been permitted to protest.
The protest is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. with a prayer at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in speaking at the BOE meeting must sign up prior to 7 p.m. and in accordance with the board's public participation policy “a maximum time of five minutes will be allotted to a single individual or a single topic based on the number of requests... Once the time for public partici- pation has passed, discussion of topics will be restricted to Board members only.”
Personal attacks on board members are not permitted and will not be heard unless a request is submitted to the superintendent at least seven days prior to the event.
The BOE meeting will take place at Eastside High School at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.