The purpose of this policy is to establish an orderly procedure for reduction in the employment of full-time non-certified employees of the Wake County Public School System.
A reduction in force is any demotion or termination of three (3) or more employees in a group or class of employees 1 during the school year for any of the following reasons:
When the superintendent believes that grounds exist for a reduction in force and a reduction in force is appropriate, the superintendent shall present a written recommendation to the board of education. The recommendation shall include:
Notice of the superintendent's recommendation of a reduction in force shall be given to the employees that may be affected by posting such notice at the appropriate workplace and the central office at least one week before the board meeting at which the recommendation will be considered.
The board of education shall review the superintendent's recommendation and shall determine whether to authorize a reduction in non-certified positions.
If the board authorizes a reduction in force, the superintendent shall recommend to the board which employees are to be dismissed or demoted, based on the criteria set forth below.
The Superintendent will make recommendations based on the needs and best interests of the school system. In making this recommendation, the superintendent shall have discretion to determine where and how reductions will be made to ensure an orderly and manageable reduction in force (e.g., by limiting the affected group of employees to those employees who work in the school, facility, program, or department subject to the reduction in positions).
The superintendent will consider the factors below in recommending the employees to be included in a reduction in force to the board:
After considering the superintendent' recommendation, the board shall enter a decision in its minutes specifying which non-certified employees, if any, will be terminated or demoted.
All employees affected by the reduction will be notified in writing of the board's decision within two weeks. Such notice will include information regarding the opportunity for any employee terminated pursuant to this policy to submit his or her name for other positions as they become open. Such submission does not offer any guarantee of employment; however, a positive work experience with the school district will be favorably reviewed in regard to any application for employment.
For a reduction in force that involves fewer than three (3) employees, Board Policy 4420 shall be followed.
Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-36 and G.S. 115C-47
Adopted: March 21, 1994
Revised: May 21, 2002
Revised: February 21, 2006