It's a bleak time to be a Wake school employee.
As noted in today's article, the letters went out this month to 1,496 people telling them that they won't be Wake employees after their contracts expire June 30. We're talking about a lot of teacher assistants, assistant principals and teachers.
Amid all this, parents will urge the school board today to not convert Leesville Road Middle School to a year-round calendar. In addition to the capacity arguments, they're stressing how leaving the school on a traditional calendar could save money that helps people keep their jobs.
While Beverley Clark wasn't specifically talking about Leesville Middle, she had voiced similar concerns at last week's budget work session. She had suggested studying converting four to six year-round schools to a traditional calendar to recoup some money.
"We’re talking about cutting teachers but we’ve got buildings that are inefficient?" Clark said last week.
Using the $250,000 savings quoted by Concerned and Committed Leesville Parents, we're talking about five teachers or a lot more teacher assistants.
Click here for the memos that went to principals telling them what to say to employees on terminating contracts. You'll also see samples of the letters that went to individual employees.
Wake says 674 teacher assistants are on terminating contracts. That's 26 percent of the estimated 2,550 TAs in the district.
Of Wake's roughly 300 assistant principals, school officials say 42 are on terminating contracts.
Including the assistant principals, more than 800 certified personnel (mostly teachers) are also on terminating contracts.
Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, and board member Patti Head said they also have to consider the benefits of converting Leesville Middle. For instance, Head said it might allow some of the middle school's modular classrooms to be used by the high school.
Head said they can revisit the year-round issue, at Leesville and districtwide, in May or June. She said they might have finally got a ruling by then from the state Supreme Court.