“I’m actually relieved,” Hinojosa said Wednesday. “I just want to thank everybody for letting us know if they were going to leave.”
The job cuts were made through attrition and shuffling teachers between schools.
During its initial budget discussions in January, the school board learned that Hinojosa and the district’s Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison were recommending cutting 350 jobs.
From the outset, Hinojosa wanted to achieve the 350 through attrition and avoid layoffs.
Hinojosa said it took a lot of time and effort on behalf of the district’s human resources department to get the task done.
“It was a bit unusual because you usually make your elementary (attrition) faster than your secondary, but that didn’t happen for us,” he said. “(Human Resources) had to work real hard at getting people placed too … I want to thank everybody for making it happen.”
John Adams with Educators First also credited human resources for taking on what he described as a “Herculean task” to meet the attrition numbers.
“It’s still unfortunate that we had to eliminate 350 positions, but still a good thing that we didn’t have to let anybody go,” he said.
The FY13 budget, which was approved on May 21, includes cutting 350 teaching jobs, implementing three furlough days, increasing class sizes by at least two students, discontinuing the Project2400 SAT program after 2014, reducing media paraprofessionals in middle and high schools, and taking $28.2 million from the $99 million reserve funds and $23 million from SPLOST II excess funds.