OCSU RIFs reflect uncertainty about Washington

copyright the Chronicle May 10, 2017

by Elizabeth Trail

 

The Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) is not renewing contracts for about 20 teachers and support staff for the 2017-2018 school year.

The higher than usual number of reduction in force (RIF) notices that went out in April is in large part due to the uncertainty coming out of Washington, D.C., OCSU Superintendent Donald Van Nostrand said.

Some of the cuts are at the supervisory union level, and some are within individual school districts.

And not all of the RIFs can be blamed on the feds.

“Some reductions are occurring due to budgetary considerations for next year,” Mr. Van Nostrand said.

There are also some schools that are reducing the hours for certain programs.

Glover Community School, for example, will have an art teacher one day a week next year instead of a day and a half.

Those cuts count as RIFs but weren’t included in Mr. Van Nostrand’s figure of 20 people who aren’t getting contracts to sign this spring.

A few others were told they were going to be part of the reduction in force, he said, and then got the happy news that their jobs were safe after all, when other teachers or support staff in their districts announced retirements or other plans for leaving.

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