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Cumberland schools consider freezing positions

Posted April 22, 2009

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— A Cumberland County associate superintendent proposed that 164 open positions remain unfilled in the 2009-10 school year as a cost-saving measure.

Ricky Lopes, the associate superintendent of business operations, made the recommnedation Wednesday in a school board meeting.

The district would shuffle some existing employees to cover the vacancies, Lopes said, and no jobs would be lost.

Lopes outlined a plan to eliminate 30 teaching assistant positions, 115 teachers, two librarians and reduce hours for two custodians.

The school system employs almost 4,000 people.

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  • Lab mom Apr 27, 2009

    My daughter goes to elementary school in Cumberland County and her classes are already over state limit. Great plan. Maybe its time to think private school.

  • Iwasasoldier4u Apr 23, 2009

    One would think that they could do without the associate superintendent of business operations, after all the title alone says it a made up position so someone could be paid a little more. Why is it always the lowest paid that have to go first. The numbers don't add up. They say they want to save jobs, well simple math says if you have 5 people making 25,000 dollars a year and you get rid of them 4 jobs could have been saved if they would get rid of one making 125,000 a year and chances are the ones doing the 25,000 a year job were doing the 125,000 a year job anyway and the higher paid was just taking all the credit and getting all the benefits.

  • Phrostbite Apr 23, 2009

    Keep in mine these are jobs that are currently vacant & will not be filled. I think this is a great plan.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 22, 2009

    How much do they pay you if you have to be frozen to keep the job?

  • affirmativediversity Apr 22, 2009

    I didn't see any Associate Superintendent, Superintendent, Principal or Vice Principal jobs being cut in this proposal.

    Good plan, cut the teachers and librarians first. NOT!!!

    What is you PRIMARY PURPOSE? It wouldn't be to EDUCATE CHILDREN, would it?