Following the money: Hillsborough is shrinking the secretarial staff
It's official: Hillsborough County's school district will use more voicemail and cut back on its secretarial staff, in keeping with recommendations from the Gibson Consulting Group.
No one should be laid off, chief of staff Alberto Vazquez stressed in his July 26 letter to principals and supervisors. "Much of the needed restructuring will occur through transfers, promotions and retirements," he wrote. "Please know that our goal is to make these changes slowly and purposefully."
Gibson, which was hired by the district last year to search for ways to economize, said the district could build up to an annual savings of $6.1 million by cutting its downtown clerical staf by 33 percent and eliminating 28 clerical jobs in elementary schools.
The letter from Vazquez outlined manager-to-secretary ratios for the district's downtown headquarters, and student-to-secretary ratios for elementary schools.
The new ratios will be as follows: Each chief and assistant superintendent gets a secretary. Every two general managers and executives share a secretary. Every three managers and directors will share a secretary.
At the elementary schools, two secretaries will be assigned if student enrollment is from 1 to 499 (the current ratio, according to Gibson, is 1 to 199) and three will be assigned at schools from 500 to 849 (three secretaries are now assigned to schools with populations of 200 to 849).