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Fort Worth school board votes to cut administrator jobs due to declining enrollment

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The Fort Worth school board approved job cuts because of declining enrollment.

The Fort Worth school board approved job cuts because of declining enrollment.

Job cuts, including top administrative positions, are hitting the Fort Worth school district after board members unanimously approved a resolution early Wednesday calling for a “reduction in force.”

The school board voted to adopt the resolution with no discussion following an executive session that began at 8 p.m. and lasted until after midnight.

Claudia Garibay, a spokesperson for the school district, said in an email that she did not have information on how many would lose their jobs.

She provided a statement from the district: “This program change supports the ongoing effort to address a decrease in student enrollment and the need to reallocate resources from central administration to impact student learning more positively. The program change will be the first phase in the District’s transition to a District Service Center to better support students, families, and employees.”

According to the resolution, the job cuts included assistant superintendents, executive directors and chiefs in departments. Superintendent Angelica Ramsey met with hundreds of staff members on March 12, the day before spring break to notify them that their positions were either being eliminated or merged with other positions.

An employee who asked not to be identified told the Star-Telegram that they were given a March 27 deadline to decide whether they would resign and reapply for new positions, resign and not reapply, or resign and apply for retirement benefits.

This story was originally published March 29, 2023, 10:53 AM.

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