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24 employees feel bite of Halifax County school budget cuts

SoVaNow.com / April 01, 2013
Halifax County School officials moved this week to pare $395,000 in payroll expenses by downgrading the status of 24 employees, some of whom have been dropped to part-time positions, reassigned elsewhere in the system or let go for the next school year.

With the cuts, the School Board still faces the challenge of lopping $700,000 from the payroll — a cut roughly equivalent to the cost of employing 14 teachers.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon announced via e-mail Friday that the Central Office had made 24 staff contacts Thursday and Friday in connection with budget cuts and modifications that were approved by the School Board on March 25.

The additional $700,000 in cuts will come from moving more employees from full-time to part-time or not filling existing positions, said Herndon.

Changes announced last week include:

moving one director to a teaching position and one supervisor to a coordinator.

one high school assistant principal and two elementary assistant principals were changed from 12-month employees to 10 month plus 20 day employees.

one assistant principal was made a technology specialist, and two assistant principals were moved to teaching positions.

another assistant principal was moved to a coordinator, and one teacher was moved to a paraprofessional position.

two secondary full-time teachers’ contracts were not renewed, and one secondary full-time teaching position was converted to part-time.

one secretary was not issued a contract for the next school year, and two elementary secretaries were changed from 12 month employees to 10-month plus 15 day employees.

two high school secretaries were changed from 12-month employees to 10-month plus 15 days positions, and two middle school secretaries were also changed from 12-month employees to 10-month plus 15 days.

three elementary secretaries were relocated to other secretarial positions within the division. With the change, no elementary school except the largest two, Cluster Springs and South Boston Elementary, will have more than one secretary each.

one full-time cafeteria monitor was moved to part-time status.

Herndon said she does not know how many employees will retire in the coming year or how many positions will be lost to attrition, which will factor into decisions on future staffing cuts.

The School Board also faces the possibility of more cuts if the division loses revenue as a result of the federal budget sequester, or if the Halifax County Board of Supervisors decides against boosting the local school contribution by $240,000, as recommended by the supervisors’ finance committee.

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While you're about it, save another $15k by cutting Ms. Herndon's salary by 10%. Surely she can make it on $135k/yr in this area.

Oh wait- that would be spreading the pain around TOO much. :rolleyes:

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If I remember correctly Dr. h started at $131k. So, would 2% make it to $150,000.? I think school board has some explaining to do. Surely, this is not going to go unchallenged????

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Today's Chatham paper published salaries of Pittsylvania Co employees making over $50k/ yr.

Noteworthy is that PCPS Superintendent James McDaniel's salary is $128,270/ yr to run a system that is larger physically and staff-wise than HCPS- whose Superintendent is knocking back $151k/ yr per figures in the G-V earlier this week.

One issue with HCPS for the last couple decades has been its willingness to pay big money for positions that are way overpaid compared to surrounding areas. It was done with Stapleton and now Herndon. I guess they want the best money can buy (didn't someone actually say that about Stapleton?), never mind the money spent to buy the best, is at best buying mediocre.

Add in that all the pain was at street level and no salary adjustments were made in Central Office, and you're doing well not to have a riot on your hands.

10% pay cut on salaries >$100k/ yr will help balance the budget and give top admins cred with the taxpayers who are paying for it all.


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