Layoffs are not something that's typically mentioned in the Wake school system.
But as noted in today's article, that's a question that a lot of school employees are wondering about in the face of the economic crisis. For the first time in awhile, people are dusting off their copies of Wake's reduction in force (RIF) policies.
"I certainly hope we don't have any layoffs," said Jennifer Lanane, president of Wake NCAE, which represents nearly 5,000 Wake school employees. "It won't be good for employees. But it would be devastating for the children of Wake County."
Historically, student growth, staff retirements and resignations have provided a cushion should funding not be as much as expected.
But with Wake projected to only grow by 2,306 students this fall and staff probably less likely to quit and enter an uncertain job market, people are getting worried.
Fears are even greater in other school districts. For instance, Charlotte-Mecklenburgs schools may have to eliminate 1,200 jobs. While they can save some money by eliminating unfilled positions, some people could be laid off.