Mobile County Public Schools would like address erroneous information that has been circulating regarding proposed changes to the system’s Reduction in Force policy.
First, we would like to assure MCPSS employees that there are no plans and no reason for a Reduction in Force.
From time to time the system must revisit this and other policies to make sure they align with changing state and federal laws. MCPSS is considering updating the RIF policy to align with the Students First Act and also adding a policy on Data Governance to comply with federal law.
The board has been unwavering in maintaining staffing in the schools and is committed to sustaining employment throughout the system. It is regrettable that misinformation has been shared that may cause employees to worry about their employment when there is no cause for concern.
There has been no discussion of a Reduction in Force or outsourcing any jobs that are currently filled.
A Reduction in Force is a rarely used plan that school systems must have on file in case of financial need. Proposed changes to MCPSS’s policy would mostly apply to non-tenured employees, who would be reassigned or non-renewed prior to tenured employees. In the case of tenured employees, consideration would be given to employees who are certified in their position, who are effective as determined by the three most recent performance evaluations, who have professional education and work experience related to their job, and who have seniority.
As with all proposed policy changes, the Board of School Commissioners is hosting two public hearings, which have been publicized on the district’s website and Facebook page. The hearings will be held in the Board Room at Central Office on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and on Monday, Dec. 12, both at 6 p.m. Employees and anyone interested in public education are invited to attend the hearings and address the board.
Following the first public hearing, as is our general practice, the proposal will be emailed to employees along with a request for written feedback to be submitted. All oral and written comments will be carefully reviewed and it will then be determined if the policies will be brought forward for board consideration and approval. Notice will be provided if the policies are placed on a board agenda later in the school year.