Donna ISD Cuts 114 School Employees

POSTED: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 9:29pm

UPDATED: Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 8:35am

Donna ISD officials decided to hand out more than 100 pink slips due to financial problems.
This decision comes less than a month, before staff and students head back to school.
Donna's Independent School District is six million dollars in the hole, and school officials feel the only way to fix that problem is to lay off 114 ISD employees.
Tonight, school board members voted 4-3 in favor of cutting those jobs.
The Departments in which the cuts will be made are in the Food and Transportation Division, Human Resources, Maintenance and the Security Department.
School leaders hired a consultant group to do the math, and figure out the best solution.
Going into this school year, the district is over staffed by 500 employees.
In order to fix the problem, the consultant group advised that the
school board eliminate 229 positions...85 of those positions were vacant.
So as tough as the decision was, board members voted on terminating 114 employees.
These cuts will end up saving the School District about 7 million dollars in the long run.
Superintendent Roberto Loredo says, "It's a very difficult thing to do, and at this point in our school district, that's the direction we have to go."
Donna Resident, Raquel Martinez says the decision was necessary.
"It's the first step, and it's a major step, but it needs to be done, no if, ands or buts about it, it needs to be done," she says.
School leaders say the school district plans on restructuring.
There are plans in the works to build a new highschool in Donna.
Tonight's decision, will help that highschool evetually be built.
Other ways they plan on saving are by adjusting hours of current employees, reducing overtime, and employee travel.

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