Life could get rougher for Wake's teachers over the next few months.
As noted in today's article, teachers are right up there among the list of employees who could be laid off or not rehired because of the budget crisis.
Teachers could be forced to transfer to other schools involuntarily to keep their jobs.
Right now, Wake is only looking to fill 95 percent of openings at schools. This is a hedge against a possible 5 percent cut in state funding.
Supt. Del Burns explained that Wake's first obligation is to protect the employees with continuing contracts. A big chunk of this group consists of the tenured teachers.
Burns said that filling that 95 percent of positions could require involuntarily transferring some teachers. He said that he rarely transfers teachers involuntarily.
Burns said what he's trying to do is avoid hiring new teachers and then having to lay them off soon afterward. That's why, he said, they're postponing the spring teacher job fair.
Only after the continuing contract employees are taken care of, which might not even happen if state funding is cut too much, will the people on terminating contracts be taken care of.
Of the 1,496 employees on contracts that expire June 30, Burns estimated that half are teachers. This includes the probationary teachers.
Burns said that they normally try to slot in terminating contract folks to replace people who retire or resign. But he said fewer people are leaving this year.
The number of terminating employees who are rehired will also depend on the level of state funding.
All the while, who knows when the General Assembly will adopt the budget. It could go well past July when year-round schools begin.