Iowa City School District to possibly cut teacher positions
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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
The Iowa City Community School District is looking at cutting more than 30 teacher positions in an effort to meet budget constraints, and that number could include administrators.
This comes as a solution to the $3.6 million shortfall the school district is facing.
Close to 50 teachers have already announced they won't be returning next school year due to resignation and retirement.
81-cents of every dollar the district spends is on personnel.
While chief community affairs officer Chace Ramey says the district is intentional in spending those dollars for their quality staff, reducing staff positions is definitely an option.
“When we do that and we spend that quantity of your resources on your staffing and your personnel that most definitely has to be in play when we look at budget saving measures,” said Ramey.
He says when looking at possible staff reductions the district will rely heavily on the position and not necessarily the people, meaning when teachers and administrators resign and retire—they’re not replaced.
“There’s a large spectrum of things that we can consider both personnel and non personnel related,” said Ramey. “We want to look at factors that will have the least amount of impact on the classroom and our student’s day to day learning.”
Ramey says the district is looking at the student-teacher ratio to determine how staffing will be next school year.
With about 47 teachers already announcing retirement or resignation, the district plans to have additional resignations to come.
“The district’s looking at a number of options when we talk about how we’re going to generate savings for the district,” said Ramey
The district is still in the budget process and will continue to discuss all options to cut spending.
Currently the district employs about 960 teachers, among it's nearly 2,000 employees overall.
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