With the Wake County Board of Education now considering a budget for the state’s largest school system, the air is rife with talk about budget reductions and how Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) would be hardpressed to endure more layoffs. How did last year’s state budget impact WCPSS staffing? The listing below reflects personnel changes from 2011-2012, as recorded by the annual DPI School Personnel Survey. The numbers listed here were part of a larger article , Behind the DPI School Personnel Numbers . They are compiled from annual DPI School Personnel Surveys. Survey results are available by year and LEA on the DPI web site. Personnel totals include all positions funded by state, local or federal dollars.
What do we learn from a quick review. There are layoffs; most notably Media Coordinators & Audio Visual (-118), Service Workers (-66) and Professional Staff (-40). However, after accounting for layoffs and new personnel, WCPSS had 192 more employees than it did in the previous year. The opening of a new elementary school accounts for some of the gain. Still, such a healthy gain is only possible if there no or minimal losses in other areas. Such gains certainly defy the conventional wisdom.
Change in WCPSS Personnel 2011-2012, by category (Figures in parenthesis denote layoffs). All personnel numbers are self reported.
Officials, Administrators and Managers – 3
Principals – 1
Assistant Principals, Teaching – 0
Assistant Principals, Non-Teaching – 5
Elementary Teachers – 214
Secondary Teachers – 139
Other Teachers – 77
Guidance Personnel – (-23)
Psychology Personnel – (-3)
Media Coordinators and Audio Visual – (-118)
Consultants and Supervisors of Instruction (-14)
Other Professional Staff – (-40)
Teacher Assistants – 35
Technicians – (-25)
Clerk/Secretaries – 5
Service Workers – (-66)
Skilled Crafts – (-4)
Laborers Unskilled – 0