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309 Gwinnett teachers displaced

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

SUWANEE — So far, 309 Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers have been displaced from their jobs for the upcoming school year, a district official told the Board of Education on Thursday.

With the school district facing a projected $80 million budget deficit for the 2011-12, schools were tasked with developing staffing plans for the upcoming year. Since Jan. 20, 309 certified teachers and 90 classified staff members have been displaced from their local schools, said Sid Camp, the executive director of human resources staffing.

Displacement means that, while their current position may not be available at their school the next year, the district will work to place the employees at another school.

“These employees have not been terminated; however, their current position at their current school is no longer available in the coming year,” GCPS spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. “Our priority is to try to place these staff members in other available positions within the district.”

The district has already found placements for 19 displaced teachers and six displaced classified staff, Camp said.

At this time last year, 307 certified teachers and 168 classified staff had been displaced, Camp told the school board.

“All certified staff (teachers) were placed, and we still hired 1,119 teaching positions this year,” Camp said. “... All (of the classified employees) were placed, and we still hired a number of classified support staff in schools.”

Each year, GCPS hires additional teachers due to the district’s continued growth and the need for teachers in specific disciplines or in hard-to-staff subjects, such as math, science and special education, Roach said.

Additionally, hundreds of employees retire or leave employment with GCPS each year due to a move, family changes or taking a job elsewhere, Roach said. The hiring process fills those positions that are not filled by displaced staff members and transfers.

For example, despite the fact that the district had about 150 staff who were non-renewed for performance issues in the 2009-10 school year and others who had to be relocated to new positions or new schools for the current school year, the district eventually hired more than 1,100 new teachers to fill open positions for the current school year.

Of those 1,119 teaching positions hired this school year, 711 were new hires, 229 were part-year rehires and 179 were retiree rehires, Camp said.

A breakdown of displacement by school was not available on Thursday.