BEAUMONT - From BISD
The Board of Managers voted to approve Phase I of the Reduction in Force (RIF) at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 28, 2014. Phase I of the RIF was employees from administration which included Project Director/Supervisor 21st Century Grant Lona Mitchell-Alexander, Special Initiative Supervisor/Grant Writer Veda Brown, Director of Communications Jessie Haynes, and District Lead Math Teacher Jeffrey Nelson. According to Board President Dr. Jimmy Simmons, the board wanted to keep the planetarium open; hence the District Planetarium Lead Teacher Sharon Rigsby was not a part of the RIF. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Dwaine Augustine, who is also acting in the capacity of Interim Human Resources Director, in a report to the board on Monday, July 28, 2014, stated that of the 221 contracted positions slated to be riffed all but approximately six has been placed in vacant positions throughout the district. As of today, July 31, 2014 all but approximately one has been placed in positions.
At-will notifications will be sent by mail to affected employees today, July 31, 2014. A total of 110 at-will positions will be eliminated, and of the 110 positions, over 28 people in those positions have already retired or resigned. The decision to eliminate certain positions was based on staffing guidelines. "This is a very difficult time for all of us, but we had to make tough decisions that were in the best interest of the district," Butler said. In order to make this difficult process for affected employees, the district did give employees a two week notice. The last working day for employees affected by the RIF will be August 15, 2014. They will also be covered by the district's insurance until August 31, 2014. Employees will also have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions as they become available. The district is also in the process of working with Texas Workforce Solutions to provide support for employees affected by the RIF. Further details will be released upon confirmation.
During the 2013-2014 school year, the district had a total of 2829 employees, which cost a total of $138,654,934.09. For the upcoming 2014-2015 school year according to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Dwaine Augustine, the total amount of employees has decreased to 2496 which will cost the district approximately $121,852,275.06. From 2013-2014 to 2014-2015, the district will have reduced the total amount of employees by 333 which will save the district approximately $16,802,659.03.
"As information becomes available and decisions are made regarding the RIF, I will make sure we keep staff and the community informed," said Butler.