1,000 Memphis City and Shelby County schools employees will be competing for about 740 jobs. The process begins in just a few weeks. About 260 central office employees will be laid off. Everyone who wants to stay on must apply for a job.
Central office staff members received a letter alerting them the application process for a job in the merged school district starts in mid-April.
A 26% reduction in staff will rid the new unified system of redundancies as a result of consolidation. The move will save the district $18 million a year.
Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson, shortly after being named to the job, said it's all a part of painful decisions that will be made over the next few months, "We're going to be scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing, picking up the couch and seeing if we can find some nickels in there. At the end of the day, when you have to close a 65 million dollar budget gap, other than the classroom, nothing is off the table."
According to the letter sent to employees, upper level positions will open up in a few weeks, with the lower level positions posted by mid-May.
All the final decisions will be made in June in time for the fiscal year to begin July 1.