Superintendent John Boyd informed staff via email of the proposed cuts
Evergreen Public Schools is recommending the reduction of the equivalent of 140 full-time positions that will affect the district office, elementary, middle, and high schools for the 2023-24 academic year.
John Boyd, the superintendent for Evergreen schools, said he will be presenting the budget recommendations for the 23-24 school year to the board of directors on March 14, and that includes approximately $19 million in reductions.
“Unfortunately, there is no way to make a reduction in this size without impacting the lives of our students and staff. Therefore, the recommendations will include staff reductions,” Boyd wrote in an email that was sent to Evergreen employees late Tuesday afternoon.
Among positions on the proposed cut list:
- 14.5 full time positions of certificated staff
- 11 Paraeducators in special education
- 12 Secretarial/Clerical Staff
- 5 Teacher/Librarians
- And all four athletic directors
Clark County Today learned that the athletic directors from Evergreen, Heritage, Mountain View, and Union High Schools were told Monday that their positions were recommended to be eliminated.
In the middle schools, three multilingual paraeducators are on the cut list, as well as 5.5 certificated staff and 3.3 at-risk advocates, plus six librarians.
At elementary schools, 20.8 academic interventionists, 4.5 associate principals, 10 family resource coordinators, and 12 media assistants are among the proposed cuts.
There are more than 10 positions on the cut list for the district office.
“Part of my leadership promise to you was to be as transparent as possible when it came to sharing information that affects all of us,” Boyd wrote. “With that in mind, I want to share with you details about the recommended budget reductions along with information about the process we used to make these difficult budget decisions.”
He noted the biggest factor for our budget reduction is the district’s enrollment decline. Other contributing factors, according to Boyd, are the loss of Federal ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds, the decline in Levy Equalization Funds, and inflation.
Boyd said administrators used input from the community after receiving information from a survey, allowing students, staff, family, and other community members to anonymously share their budget priorities.
Clark County Today talked to multiple employees who are on the proposed cut list. Some said they believed it was possible they could be reassigned elsewhere in the district.
Boyd’s letter, however, said staff members will be “greatly missed.”
“These decisions are made with the understanding that staff reductions impact the lives of people who have been committed to supporting our students. These staff members will be greatly missed,” Boyd wrote. “I also realize that staff reductions will force the rest of us to do more with less. I know that it won’t be easy, but I am confident we can work together to provide our students with the educational experience they deserve.”
Boyd said he understands the email will cause stress but he said it was important to get the information out to the staff prior to the March 14 board meeting. He said he will be addressing more details concerning the proposed cuts in a video to be released later this week.
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Gee, do you think that parents are FINALLY realizing what a SCAM and cesspool of leftist indoctrination the public “schools” actually are, and are finally pulling their children OUT of that sewer?
Evergreen received nearly $64 million in ESSER funds and their last levy passed….student populations is declining. ESSER Fund (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund) Southwest Washington (swweducation.org)
They just got a new levy in 2022: https://swweducation.org/evergreen-school-district-levy-february-2022/
Declining enrollment. Parents are choosing better options for their children.
If the Evergreen School District was serious then the cuts to Administration would be first. Do not penalized those positions and people that actually are teaching and or working with students. If the SD needs help on managing this cleaning process. Let us know. Administration gets cut FIRST. Some of us could help.
How about basing all the job-cut decisions on one simple formula: Who is most needed to teach reading, writing, math, and science?
Boom! Solved it for you, ESD!
Sorry folk, but athletic directors and football teams are NOT high on the critical-needs list. I’m not saying they’re not nice to have but, if cuts must be made, they should be the first on the chopping block.
Teachers with various levels of certification, the librarian/teachers, and other such personnel ARE high on the critical-needs list.
Truly… just trim the fat by asking how critical the job is towards teaching reading, writing, math, and science. It IS this simple.
I was thinking this might be related to declining enrollment. Has CCT done an article on enrollment changes in local schools?
This happened during the Obama administration as well. I was an at risk advocate who worked with kids to stay in school. And complete their education. A thought maybe if people would quit voting for democrats this pattern wouldn’t continue.