Another round of cutbacks in Hillsborough
The Sept. 9 elimination of about 50 central office clerical jobs in the Hillsborough County School District was followed this week by about 55 more jobs in schools around the district.
District spokeswoman Tanya Arja confirmed that the new cuts, which happened in the last couple of days, includes a variety of jobs -- secretarial and some in the classroom, such as teaching assistants.
The secretarial cuts were made to conform to a formula that was suggested by the Gibson Consulting Group, which is advising the district on how to rein in spending and protect its reserves. The old formula, for example, allowed an elementary school with 200 to 499 students to have three secretaries. The new formula allows only two secretaries for a school that size.
The classroom assistant job cuts were the result of student population numbers, Arja said. Just as happens every year with teachers, employees who are not needed at a school can look for positions in "the pool" of available jobs.
Phase I of the Gibson report looked at clerical, custodial, transportation and teaching jobs, focusing on areas where the district could save at least $1 million. Gibson identified enough cuts to save $400 million over five years' time.
The Phase II report will look more deeply at operational practices that led to the high spending. That report is due any day, and district officials are discussing a possible board workshop on Oct. 11 to discuss it.