December 12, 2013
State School Superintendent Ed Richardson has advised school systems to wait until the last possible moment to make budget-related staff cuts, contradicting advice he gave last week.
In a memo sent Monday to all 128 city and county schools superintendents, Richardson recommended they delay making
reductions in the number of employees on the payroll.
But at a State Board of Education meeting last Thursday, Richardson said districts had waited as long as they could with funding reductions looming. He told them to continue with plans to reduce payroll to deal with an expected loss of millions of state dollars for schools.
Richardson could not be reached for comment about the memo.
By law, most education employees must be notified before the last day of school if they are being dismissed. Failure to notify an employee results in most having their contracts automatically renewed.