Austin School Librarians Falling to the Budget Ax
About 485 campus positions could be cut because of a change in staffing formulas unanimously adopted by the Austin school board Monday.
The new formulas, which were proposed by Superintendent Meria Carstarphen under the cloud of several extremely bleak state budget forecasts, would cut 220 elementary and 229 secondary school positions plus another 35 parent support specialists from the district's staffing formulas. The move saves the district $26.5 million, officials said.
The changes would require the board to approve declaring a financial emergency to terminate contracts at a later date. Several board members have said such approval is likely.
At the last minute, trustees changed Carstarphen's proposal to save 52 elementary school librarian jobs. Another 22 librarian positions at the secondary school level, however, were eliminated from the formula, at least for now.