"A Very Sad Day For the Dallas Independent School District" As 450 Cut From Central Staff

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A couple of hours ago, Tawnell Hobbs wrote that she'd heard 250 central staffers at the Dallas Independent School District were being laid off today. Matter of fact, says the district in a release made available moments ago, the total number of central staff positions cut today is almost twice that: 450. Says the release, the layoffs will save the district $25 million -- a fraction of the amount it will need to lose should current guesstimates of a $110- to $123-million shortfall remain at or around that level. Says the district, the figure of 450 includes "today's layoffs, reassignments, vacancies that have been eliminated and the number of central staff employees who opted to take the early resignation offer."

Says Superintendent Michael Hinojosa in a written statement, "This is a very sad day for the Dallas Independent School District. While many of these individuals may not have worked face to face on a day-to-day basis with children, their contributions to the overall life of the school district were nonetheless very important. There will be a decrease in services provided to campuses as a result."

The district says that those who signed a settlement agreement with the district will receive pay and benefits through June 30. The whole announcement follows.
Dallas ISD reduces central staff by 450 positions

Anticipated Budget Shortfall Forced Action

The Dallas Independent School District today notified hundreds of central staff employees that their positions have been eliminated effective immediately.

Employees who signed a settlement and release will receive pay and benefits through June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

"This is a very sad day for the Dallas Independent School District," said Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa. "While many of these individuals may not have worked face to face on a day-to-day basis with children, their contributions to the overall life of the school district were nonetheless very important. There will be a decrease in services provided to campuses as a result."

Approximately 450 central staff positions were eliminated, saving the district roughly $25 million. That figure includes today's layoffs, reassignments, vacancies that have been eliminated and the number of central staff employees who opted to take the early resignation offer.

Because of a record state budget shortfall, Dallas ISD is facing a massive budget deficit that currently ranges from $88 million to $126 million less than the current school year's budget. Even under a best-case scenario, the district will be forced to slash millions of dollars, most of which come in the form of employee salaries.

"Eighty-five percent of the district's budget goes toward paying salaries," said Hinojosa. "School districts are labor-intensive organizations so the only place to reduce the budget is in releasing employees."

The employees notified today work in all areas of the district including: Teaching and Learning, School Leadership and Administrative Services, Human Resources, Business Services, Purchasing, Evaluation and Accountability, Professional Development, Communications, Health Services, Special Education and many more. All of the employees are considered at-will, meaning that they can be released at any time by the district for any reason, within law, or for no reason.

"The individuals who received notices today are very good, hard-working people who gave their time, talent and energy to helping improve opportunities for students in the Dallas Independent School District," said Hinojosa. "I am sincerely thankful for their service and disappointed that this action had to be taken."

This is the third time in four years that Dallas ISD's central administration staff has been downsized. During 2007, 169 central staff positions were eliminated during a reorganization, with 30 central staff members reassigned to campuses. During the fall of 2008, another 160 central staff positions were eliminated because of the district shortfall at the time.

"Dallas ISD is losing a wealth of experience and dedication today," said Hinojosa. "Our thoughts are with our former colleagues and their families. Those employees who remain will likely be taking on additional responsibilities and we continue to thank them for the important work they do on behalf of students, parents and other district staff."


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StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

What DISD won't tell the voters and taxpayers is that while they fire good employees they move forward with their plans listed on the Board meeting agenda to purchase real estate for new schools. They won't mention that some of these schools were recently renovated with our tax dollars and now will be demolished just because DISD says so! Brand new schools...and no teachers great thinking DISD.

Danger, Danger Dallas ISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals no newsreels to reveal so surreal.

Their stealin’ and being sneaky boy it’s been creepy! It can make you dizzy and sleepy but, we got them up in a tizzy. See they have a heart of stone, and won’t leave us alone invading our schools and homes!

To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org

Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

DISD Teacher, I still pray you find a happier life. And please don't post after drinking.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Fixing DISD is almost impossible.

Middle class parents loathe the constant state-test prep, the vast, unresponsive bureaucracy, the incompetent-but-well-connected hires at most campuses, the shocking behavior allowed, and the grading rules that reward kids who do nothing but disrupt.

Wonderful low-income kids have to suffer through it all; their parents can neither afford private school or nor a better neighborhood.

In most cases, DISD has become a district for the very poor.DISD likes it that way of course bc they get all our tax money and none of those peskly middle class parents asking where it all goes.

Either break up the district and accept that we will have at least one majority-white district or give vouchers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

But they will still employee a teacher that came her illegally, commited fraud in order to work her and then used the school board to get a visa. A visa that is PAID for by the DISD. They have been made aware of thIs teachers past and yet they let go hard working citizens. It's sad.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

It literally makes me sick to my stomach to think of these people losing their jobs.

Hinojosa and the school board, of course, will blame "Austin" for the fiscal mess.

"Austin" didn't approve Ivonne Durant's excessive salary. Or Claudia Rodriguez's. Or Michael HInojosa's.

"Austin" didn't decide to spend literally millions of dollars on consultants from Philadelphia.

"Austin" didn't look the other way while HR and other departments made jobs for their relatives and friends instead of carefully and wisely allowing attrition to humanely thin the overstaffed ranks.

I'm pretty sure we just fired people who do the real work and kept the people like Durant with their mystery jobs and their ridiculous salaries.

It isn't Austin's fault; it management of this district is done by our very own school board.

elbueno
elbueno

If Mike Rawlings really wants to fix schools, he should take over Ross Ave. Thats where business leadership is needed. I truly believe he would make an excellent superintendent.

It would probably be a lot more effective than him trying to do it from City Hall...

pak152
pak152

so how many admin staff are there and how many teachers. what is the ratio? is 1 admin for every 3 or 5 teachers?

Tawnell Hobbs
Tawnell Hobbs

Actually there were 200 people laid off today. The remaning 250 positions were reduced by vacancies, reassignments and people taking an early resignation offer.

Anonymous
Anonymous

"The individuals who received notices today are very good, hard-working people who gave their time, talent and energy to helping improve opportunities for students in the Dallas Independent School District," said Hinojosa. "I am sincerely thankful for their service and disappointed that this action had to be taken."

This is probably true. If you do the math, the average employee they let go is making only $55k all in. Meanwhile, the overpaid people at the top who really screw over DISD will stay on the payroll.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

I am very happy serving children with few advocates or opportunities except through education.

I am happy to know that I have walked the walk and done what I could to improve the lives of others.

I am amazed at the creativity, resilience, and innate goodness of the students I serve and I tell them that practically daily.

I will not stand by silently and watch these children and the taxpayers who want them to succeed get ripped off by a few greedy people who skulk among us.

And if that invites hatefulness from people like you, so be it.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

I liked DISD Teacher's post. Her comments are truthful.

Alan
Alan

Yeah, he'll "run it like a business" just like he will City Hall. You know, when pizza demand sinks, you close stores and lay off people. Same way, when the economy tanks, there are fewer potholes...no, I meant no one wants library books because they have more money to buy books...no, wait, fewer people use rec centers because they can afford gym fees better than ever. Come to think of it, maybe public organizations aren't businesses.

Guest
Guest

In 2008, there were 10,643 teachers, 2,208 people in "professional support," 522 people in "campus administration", and 232 people in "central administration." In addition, there were 1,772 people working as "educational aids."

I'm not sure exactly what gets counted where, and I am often struck by the differences in what people in these threads mean when they are talking about DISD administrative staff, so I'll leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.

Source: http://www.dallasisd.org/eval/...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Wasn't doubting you, Tawnell. Says right there at the bottom of the first graf:

Says the district, the figure of 450 includes "today's layoffs, reassignments, vacancies that have been eliminated and the number of central staff employees who opted to take the early resignation offer."

Do Math Much?
Do Math Much?

It didn't say the let go the average earning employee, it says the average salary is $55K, some probably made less, some probably made $100K.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Well! The DISD needs those 30 or so 'Directors' at $100,000+ a pop otherwise the money would be spent on folks in classrooms and we know that mankind has suffered terribly since we started doing that! /snide

I know of Fortune 100 companies that have few directors than the DISD.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Thank you, Snookie Pie!

Unfortunately, I do post the truth about what's going on in DISD.

I wish the truth were different. 200 people who didn't create the financial mess lost their jobs today instead of the people who are responsible probably wish the truth were different, too.

With the same people in charge, how will DISD ever become financially responsible?

Let's get it right this time
Let's get it right this time

Personally, I would like to see City Hall ran tight and like business. I live across from a park and every day I see several Park employees pull up and leave engines running while they drink coffee, check their iphones, and eat breakfast. 3 vehicles is not uncommon. 3 new-looking pickups, all with engines running for 30-40 min.

Then one worker gets out and goes and does a little something....like checks a sprinklerhead or walks around and looks at stuff. Then, maybe an hour or so later they all leave.

During the dead of winter, crews come and mow all day long. And, they weedwack all the curbs and sidewalk areas--even though there is no vegetation there. No grass is growing in winter. Then about 3 weeks later they come do it again.

Rec centers sit void of customers all day during the week in dead of winter, but there is heat running even overnight and on 3day holiday weekends. or 4 day furlough day weekends.

Lights are left on during daytime hours while the rec centers are closed, even the exterior lights.

What a waste.

I'm hoping Mike Rawlings will address all this waste. We know Natinsky won't--he's been in City Hall 6 yrs and has done nothing.

Kunkle has no budget-cutting skills. His DPD was never really hit with any tightening.

pak152
pak152

guest thanks for discussion purposes let say that all the ancillary numbers you provided count as admin that comes to around 4800 people and rounding up the teachers to 11K we are talking about of a ratio about 2 to 1 ie 1 admin for every 2 teachers. is that a good ratio? I dont know

Tawnell Hobbs
Tawnell Hobbs

I know you wasn't. Just thought I'd provide the actual number of folks that were laid off today since it wasn't included in the news release. Have a good one...

anonymous
anonymous

Trust me, the vast majority of people who were notified without notice this morning, didn't make a whole lot of money. It's isn't the executive and managerial positions they were getting rid of--they were getting rid of people that actually help each campus function.

Rangers100
Rangers100

"Kunkle has no budget-cutting skills."

As a police officer, he's apparently good at giving orders and using force to resolve problems. Unfortunately politics, like marriage, requires thoughtfulness, relationship-building, compromise, etc. Clearly not Kunkle's strong points.

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