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School board OKs less staff

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools has updated its teacher allotments for next school year to reflect another small reduction.

At its monthly work session earlier this month, the Rockdale County Board of Education approved a revised certified allotment sheet for the 2011-12 school year.

The board approved 804 certified teacher allotments as the minimum number of positions needed for the 2011-12 school year -- 373 elementary school teachers, 162.5 middle school teachers and 268.5 high school teachers. The total is a reduction of 7.5 regular education teachers for next school year compared to this year.

In January, the board approved 807.5 certified teacher allotments as the minimum number of positions needed for the 2011-12 school year -- 381 elementary teachers, 162.5 middle school teachers and 264 high school teachers -- which was four teachers less than this year.

Any additions or decreases in staffing levels will be presented for approval with the 2011-12 school year budget, said RCPS Superintendent Samuel King.

Allotments are based on student enrollment, which is projected at 15,780 students for the 2011-12 school year. For this school year, RCPS officials had projected 16,050 students and 15,863 are currently enrolled.

School officials also are considering eliminating several staff positions, like middle school graduation coaches for a more than $300,000 savings, a full- and part-time central office coach positions for $100,500 and a central office educational specialist position for $44,450. Other positions that are currently open are suggested to be frozen -- a central office supervisor position for $81,250, two bus driver positions for $40,000 and a central office Web master position for half a year for $37,800. Eliminating local funding for an executive director position would save $118,500.

The school board is expected to adopt a tentative budget on May 19. Members are expected to approve a final budget on June 16 and a millage rate on July 21.