By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Help is on the way to the 119 Floyd County School employees whose jobs were slashed in order to keep the ailing system afloat.
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators, or PAGE, will be coming to Rome on March 6th to provide laid-off personnel with a variety of information and resources. To ease their transition into unemployment, the staff will direct those affected by the Reduction in Force to what their rights are and their legal options.
Sadly, these meetings are nothing new for the largest organization of teachers in the state. PAGE spokesman Kim Callahan says reductions in force have become pretty common across Georgia in the past two years.
“The huge budget cuts that have been enacted by our legislature have forced local school districts to either raise millage rates or reduce costs. And some schools are in situations where they just can’t raise millage rates any further. They simply have to reduce costs, and the highest cost to a school district is personnel,” Callahan says. “So, unfortunately, a Reduction in Force has occurred in dozens of districts across the state in the last two years.”
In Floyd County’s case, administrators were staring at an $8 million shortfall between projected revenues and expenditures in the 2014 school year. Over $10 million was saved by giving 119 staff the pink slip.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday March 6th at 7pm in Model High School.