JCPS says cutting 25 central office jobs will save $1.7 million - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS says cutting 25 central office jobs will save $1.7 million

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Approximately $1.7 million is being cut by Jefferson County Public Schools by eliminating 25 central office positions, according to new information obtained through an open records request.

The cuts are part of the district’s efforts to save nearly $3 million in central office expenses for the budget year that starts July 1. The positions include mail clerks, secretaries, business machine technicians and communications specialists.

Tom Hudson, JCPS' chief business officer, previously told WDRB that everything from salaries to supplies to flexible funds -- "all of the above" -- were being trimmed from the district's central office. He said the $3 million in net savings comes from actual positions, vacant positions and operating expenses.

However, it's not clear how many new positions have been created in central office, so it's hard to know how much of the $1.7 million is a true cost savings.

For example, some of the business machine technicians whose jobs are being eliminated are eligible for the newly created "field technician" positions approved as part of the organizational charts at last week's school board meeting.

In addition to the 25 job eliminations that are currently filled with employees, there will be an additional savings of approximately $700,000 in jobs that are currently unfilled and will be eliminated.

Jennifer Brislin, a district spokeswoman, said some employees with eliminated jobs will be able to apply to other open positions, however some of those positions may bring a decrease in pay.

"The district will work with them to find a job for which they are qualified with the least decrease in pay," she said.

The jobs (and salaries) include:

These job eliminations come three months after JCPS notified some early childhood staff they may not have jobs this fall because the district has not yet received notification on whether it will continue to operate the federal Head Start program.

As WDRB reported last year, the district was at risk of losing approximately $14 million annually in Head Start grant money due to a deficiency that was found in its management of the federally funded preschool program.

The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has given JCPS the all-clear, but the district had to re-apply for the funding last fall.

As of Tuesday, JCPS has not yet received notification if it has been awarded the Head Start grant.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has to approve a tentative budget for 2016-17 by the end of the month.


Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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