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Potential employee reduction at Madison Parish Schools

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Two items were on the agenda of the Madison Parish School Board, a policy change and a reduction in the workforce, but there was no vote Monday night.

The last time these to items made it on the agenda the board was split 4-4. At Monday's specially called MPSB meeting, some on the board didn't even stay long enough for the vote.

Had there been a meeting, the first item would have been changes to the "Personnel Reduction Policy." The changes include:  adding "seniority" to the current criteria looked at for eliminating staff members as a tie breaker and adding a clause, giving the superintendent discretion in a situation of reducing staff that work with specific special needs students.

The next item, a plan to eliminate 57 employees: 6 from Central Office, 30 para-professionals, 5 transportation personnel, 2 custodian workers, instructional staff of 7 teachers and 2 substitutes, 5 office administrators.

These proposed cuts have many concerned.

"This many layoffs, this many people without their jobs this time of year. It's a hard thing," says Mary Jackson-Reed.

Superintendent Lisa Wilmore says the only other option is to take $2.3 million out of their reserve funds. Some employees say that's what should happen.

"Even though I'm not an accountant, a CPA, none of that good stuff, I can't balance any one's book but mine, but I think there's another way to do than what they're planning on doing," says Hazel Suluki.

The vote has been put off for another night, but employees aren't waiting to voice their opinions.

"Board members: I love you all dearly, but you need to look in the mirror, just like you are trying to cut people out of their jobs, you can be cut out of your job also," says Gloria Hayden.

Wilmore says she'll be calling the state superintendent to find out what her next step should be.

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