Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffey offered this advice, which he posted as a comment under the Crystal Lake High School Board layoff article. It is worth giving a wider audience.
There is a direct correlation between enrollment and teacher staffing levels.
With enrollment declining every year for the better part of a decade now, with no end in sight, it would be financially irresponsible to not adjust headcount in response to declining enrollment.
As to administrative staffing levels, there is less correlation to changing enrollment, but that does not mean changes cannot occur there as well.
There are statutory notice requirements that the district has to meet when giving notice of a Reduction In Force.
That requirement does not exist for administrative staff.
Hence, teacher RIF notices are usually always first. And the union knows that. Administrators are typically on 1 year contracts.
If the Superintendent hasn’t already developed a reduction plan for his staff, the Board will have the ability to instruct him in the next month to realign his staff, with certain employees not offered a contract renewal.