Husfelt Announces Major Staff Cut Backs at Nelson Building

Thursday morning Bay County school superintendent Bill Husfelt announced he's recommending the school board cut 92 jobs from the Nelson Administration Building.

"We have a lot of folks out there this might directly impact, but I don't want people to think tomorrow we're going to start giving out pink slips. This is a process," said Husfelt.

The cuts will come from food services, transportation, maintenance, media services, payroll and a number of other departments.

"The recommended 92 administrative personnel positions for transfer, reassignment or reduction represents a 34% reduction in the administrative staff and a cost savings of 4.8 million dollars in salary and benefits," said Glen Mcdonald, Bay District Schools administrative restructuring committee.

Many of those employees are on continuous contract so instead of losing their jobs, they'll be sent back to the classroom. But the move could affect other teachers and support staff.

"There may be people out in the schools in positions who are on annual contract for example who may end up getting bumped because we're moving people from here so there will be turnover in the district between now and beginning of next school year there's no doubt," said Ginger Littleton, Bay Co. School board member.

Husfelt wants to implement the changes by July 1st. But some staff members are already studying the possible impact on their departments.

"By reorganizing, it’s forcing us to look at a new way to do work. I think our focus will be different. I think it's going to teach us to work more efficiently and no matter what we do, I think we have to keep the focus of the students needs first and foremost," said Nancy Boyd, executive director for ESE and student services.

Husfelt says the students are the reason for these cuts. He hoping to avoid any reduction that will affect classrooms.

Husfelt says his staff has not yet begun deciding exactly which people will be moving out of the district office. Right now they're still reworking the organizational chart and job descriptions.

The teachers union and support union will be involved when the transfers do begin taking place.


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