Tonight you stated that you like to make decisions on data and not emotion. You also later expressed concern over the extensive cuts that have been made to the security staff in the reduction in force plan.
Frankly the data published as a part of the minutes from board meetings on February 10, 2011 and April 21, 2011 show that the deepest cuts are actually being made to special education personnel and not security personnel.
According to the board’s records, security cuts amounted to 5% of the total support personnel cuts made.
Special Education cuts, which include cuts of Instructional Assistants, and Interpreters account for 41% of the total support personnel cuts that have been made.
There were 14 security personnel laid off. There were 99 instructional assistants laid off. IA layoffs were seven times as high as the security layoffs. And this only considers Huntsville City employees. In addition to these cuts, Special Education is also losing 53% of the cuts made as a result of the cancellation of the ONIN contract, all of the Adaptive PE Teachers, and an unknown number of non-tenured teachers as well.
Respectfully, the deepest cuts were not to security; they were instead to Special Education.
We are placing at a minimum 41% of the budget cuts on just over 12% of the student population. These cuts have not been applied fairly and equitably.
If you want to be concerned about numbers, these are some that should concern you.
As should this: Alabama State Code 16-39-3 states quite clearly that, “If sufficient funds are not available to a school board to provide fully for all the provisions of this chapter as well as the educational needs of nonexceptional children, such board must prorate all funds on a per capita basis between exceptional and nonexceptional children.” The cuts recommended by Dr. Richardson and approved by you and the board have not been prorated proportionally between exception and nonexceptional children.
As you are a supporter of Dr. Wardynski’s leadership ability, I implore you to assist him to see that addressing these discrepancies must be one of his, and the board’s, highest priorities. It needs to be addressed before the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.
Thank you for your service to our community.