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Schools plan no layoffs

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has no plans to cut any of its full-time staff, Chief Human Resources Officer Francis Davis told the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday.

Although some staff members will be displaced as school enrollments change, the district will find a new position for those employees before hiring anyone new, Davis said.

"All of our full-time employees will have a position with us next year," she said.

The district is having a job fair Feb. 28 for certified teachers, and the school system will focus on hiring in the critical areas of mathematics, science and special education, Davis said.

Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said the district has tried to alleviate any concerns of layoffs, as the economic climate and budget deficits have caused other school systems to cut staff.

"It certainly helps us that we grow, and we're thankful for that," he said.

The district has also worked with a "bare bones staff," he said.

"We feel it's better not to hire people if we're going to have to lay them off in three or four or six months down the road," Wilbanks said.

Retirees who work part time have been notified that they will not have positions in the upcoming school year, Davis said. However, if schools have part-time positions to fill, principals can choose to hire a retiree.

Each year, schools are given a certain number of points to hire staff, and full-time positions amount to at least one point. Point allotments are based on the number of students enrolled in the school.