League City, Texas- In anticipation of the State reducing its share of educating children of the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) by $40-$50 million, CCISD announced a district-wide reorganization on Wednesday.
The $9.4 million plan does not call for layoffs.
“This has been a lengthy and difficult process, but in the end our employees will have jobs, albeit in different roles or locations. The objective was to creatively absorb costs without directly impacting student performance,” said Dee Scott, President of the Board of Trustees. “I caution the public from concluding these positions were not important. The optimal service we have become accustomed to in Clear Creek ISD will be affected.”
The reorganization began with efficiency planning at the administration and operational levels and then moved to the campus level.
Central Administration Reorganization
The District has eliminated or reassigned 17 positions in Human Resources, Tax Office, Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, Safe and Secure Schools, and Curriculum and Instruction. The school district’s administration costs are fewer than half of similar school districts in Texas. The District also reassigned personnel to solely generate revenue through marketing services to other school districts and advertising.
Staffing Guideline Changes
The District has adjusted its staffing guidelines at the campus level. These adjustments do not affect student-to-teacher ratios. High schools will have less assistant principals and secretaries. The number of technology integration specialists and librarians will go from two to one respectively at each high school. At the intermediate schools, technology integration specialists will be shared as is currently in place at the elementary schools. Each high school will continue to have an RN and LVN but will no longer have a nurse assistant.
CCISD is not increasing its student-to-teacher ratio. The long-held staffing standard has been 22 students per teacher in grades Kindergarten through 4th and 25 students per teacher in grades 5th through 12th in Texas. In reviewing current student enrollment and teacher allocation, the district has an excess of 109 teachers, essentially keeping class sizes below the state standard. This is no longer affordable.
The affected employees will be reassigned or have the opportunity to apply for open positions. Historically, 200 employees either retire or resign every year in Clear Creek ISD. The employees affected by this reorganization will be absorbed through attrition. “I believe the talent and strength of this workforce is what makes CCISD what it is today,” said Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “I am confident our employees will transition well into their new roles or locations as this is in the best interest of the children and taxpayers we proudly serve.”
While this restructuring of the Clear Creek Independent School District will yield $9.4 million in savings over two years, the school district still faces a significant shortfall if the 82nd Legislature moves forward on its plan to cut $9.3-$9.8 billion from public education. “Over the course of the past two years, we have reduced our expenditures by $12 million and today have laid out plans for another $9.4 million. We are at the point where any further reductions will adversely affect the quality of education our children rightfully deserve,” said Smith. “It is time for our community to let our lawmakers know that education is a priority and for our lawmakers to utilize all available resources to ensure the viability of public education in Texas.”
Prior to this reorganization, the District had been recognized by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for high student achievement and low operating costs. The District earned the highest of five stars on the Financial Allocation Study of Texas (www.fastexas.org). The school district has formed a Citizens Finance Advisory Committee to review existing expenditures and programs. The 53-member committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in May on how to best meet the budget challenges ahead. For more information on the committee, visit www.ccisd.net.