A message from the Superintendent
April 27, 2012
As you know, we are in the midst of our budget process for the 2012-13 school year. Before spring break, I met with Central Office staff to share the news that for the fourth year in a row, our District would be experiencing Central Office staff reductions in order to create a balanced general fund budget.
Duggan Harman, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, said the target was to cut approximately $1.1 million from Central Office. This amount, while significant, was dramatically less than in past years.
Over the last two weeks, we have reached that $1.1 million target by identifying positions for reduction and notifying those employees. In the majority of cases, these positions will end on August 31, but in a few cases, the effective date is sooner. In total, we eliminated 11 Central Office positions. Of these positions, four were vacant and will not be filled. In addition to the positions eliminated, Central managers identified more than $380,000 in non-staff funds to be eliminated to help balance next year’s budget. I want to thank those who will be leaving us for their service to our District.
I know cuts, even though kept at a minimum, impact all of you. This means we are asking several departments to do more with less, after four years of deep Central Office cuts. I am so grateful for your continued hard work and dedication to our students and schools in these challenging budget times.
The Human Resources department is continuing to finalize the school staffing process. With projected enrollment growth, we do not anticipate widespread Reductions in Force in our schools. As you know, our priority is to protect direct funding to our classrooms.
Unrelated to the budget process, this week we saw the resignations of two people who have had a very positive effect on Seattle Public Schools: Noel Treat, Deputy Superintendent, and Cathy Thompson, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. I am very sorry to see these two individuals leave, and I wish them the best. They have both made a significant and positive impact on our District.
And now, for a little good news. Given the fact you will have a new Superintendent in July, combined with some turnover at the senior level, I do have an announcement that will ensure stability during this period. Bob Boesche, our former Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, has agreed to serve as Interim Deputy Superintendent through the summer. Bob has provided our District with leadership and integrity, and the District is lucky to have him help oversee the transition to the new Superintendent, ensuring a smooth start to the 2012-13 school year.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and as always thanks for all you do.
Susan Enfield, Ed.D.
Seattle Public Schools