From a comment under the article “District 155 Announces 13 Layoffs“:
Just like any good business, it is important to understand what value you are providing to your customers.
The customers here are the students and our teachers are providing the value to those students so eliminating teachers should be a last resort.
I understand declining enrollment but there was an immediate need and the knee jerk was to cut teachers.
So the administration needs to look inside their own organization and understand if those in their departments are efficient and if not what improvements can be made.
Then through attrition people will not be replaced.
I look at D155 organization and how many are staffed in each department and compare it to a manufacturing company with an equivalent “sales revenue” as D155 (approx $100 million),D155 runs heavier in headcount.
Example – Accounting in D155 has 9 people.
Most $100 million businesses I have been associated with have 4.
There are currently 24 open positions at D155.
Really, and we laid of 13.
Just an observation as I know some are summer school etc…
Looks like a need is there to possibly improve managing the resources in the district?