157 cen­tral o∞ce jobs will be cut

The ac­tion, done prior to bud­get trims, a≠ects no teach­ing po­si­tions.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Ye­se­nia Robles Ye­se­nia Robles: 303-954-1372, yrob­les@den­ver­post.com or @yese­niarob­les

Den­ver Pub­lic Schools of­fi­cials told the board at a meet­ing Tues­day they are cut­ting 157 po­si­tions from the cen­tral of­fice in prepa­ra­tion for loom­ing bud­get cuts.

Of those po­si­tions — none of which are teach­ing ones — 115 are em­ploy­ees who al­ready were no­ti­fied, and 42 po­si­tions cur­rently are va­cant. It’s a 6 per­cent bud­get cut for the cen­tral of­fice.

At the same time, DPS is adding 49 po­si­tions for teacher lead­ers or deans at the school level, fo­cus­ing on higher-needs schools.

“This is a big im­pact to a lot of peo­ple within the district,” DPS chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Mark Fer­randino told the board.

Fac­tor­ing the in­vest­ment of new school-level po­si­tions, DPS ex­pects to save be­tween $8 mil­lion and $10 mil­lion, Fer­randino said.

The cut po­si­tions are funded through the end of June, but of­fi­cials told the board they wanted em­ploy­ees to be able to ap­ply for the new school-level po­si­tions when they are posted this spring.

The pro­posed bud­get will be fi­nal­ized af­ter the leg­is­la­ture makes fi­nal ap­pro­pri­a­tions. The school board is ex­pected to vote on the bud­get in May.

Even if the leg­is­la­ture’s fi­nal bud­get for schools im­proves from cur­rent pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing Gov. John Hick­en­looper’s pro­posed bud­get cuts, Fer­randino said long-term trends still call for the cuts.

“An in­crease next year would help, but it doesn’t change the tra­jec­tory,” he said. “We’ve been able to use fund bal­ance in the past, and now we’re at a place where that fund bal­ance is get­ting down to 10 per­cent and we have to slow down our use of that.”

DPS is also ex­pect­ing con­tin­ued fund­ing cuts as a re­sult of de­mo­graphic changes. As the district en­rolls fewer stu­dents qual­i­fy­ing for free or re­duced lunch, sup­port dol­lars for those groups de­crease.

The pro­posed bud­get also in­cludes cuts to con­sul­tant part­ner­ships and trans­la­tion ser­vices and in­vest­ments in teacher lead­er­ship pro­grams and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for early lit­er­acy.

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