Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Board OKs 70 Contract Terminations

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Board OKs 70 Contract Terminations

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Kanawha County's school board voted unanimously Thursday evening to terminate contracts for about 70 employees who now aren't assured that they'll have jobs next school year in the county's public school system. Also terminated were the contracts of about 40 other employees who will have jobs next school year but are being moved into new positions and/or having their number of contracted work days changed, said Carol Hamric, the public school system's executive director of human resources.

The contract terminations are effective as of the end of this school year.

A document provided at Thursday's meeting naming which employees had their contracts terminated didn't provide much specific information on these workers' positions or what schools they currently work in. Hamric said she couldn't provide much additional detail Thursday evening.

Hamric said the roughly 70 employees without guaranteed jobs for next school year include about 20 federal-grant-funded adult education instructors at Ben Franklin Career Center, Carver Career and Technical Center and Garnet Career Center. She said that with federal funding for these positions not yet guaranteed for next fiscal year, the school system must nix their contracts to meet a state personnel law deadline, but they'll be kept on if the federal money comes through.

The 70 also includes about 10 Temporary Itinerant Regular Employees, a group that Hamric says is technically laid off at the end of every school year. She said it's likely that TIRE employees will get jobs in the school system next school year.

"It's highly probable because we always put several of those out when school starts, Hamric said of the TIRE positions.

Employees who now are not guaranteed jobs next school year could be saved by retirements in positions that they're certified to work in. Because of numerous annual retirements among their aging workforces, school systems often can cut many positions each year without completely knocking current employees out of jobs.

The school system announced early last month that it was losing funding for the equivalent of 72 positions next fiscal year, attributing the reductions to the loss of 731 students from last school year to this one. …

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