Monday, July 23, 2007

A not-so-fun number game

When Lorain Schools first announced impending layoffs, the number was 246.
When the ax fell officially Friday, it was 243. However, the way we understand it, not all of those 243 were among the original 246.
We have been desperately trying to find out what that means from Lorain schools and its spokesman.
Trying being the operative word.
Despite several calls Friday and a couple today, we still cannot get a hold of anyone who has the answer. The schools' spokesman is out of the office until Wednesday.
Were there 100 teachers jumping for joy Friday because their jobs were spared -- and, of course, conversely 100 teachers jolted by getting laid off without notice?
We got the "official" list and ran it both in print and online. But we have been unable to get our hands on the list of teachers who got the original letters.
Just wondering who -- if anyone -- knows?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am one of those teachers who did not realize that I had lost my job until I attended the board meeting on Friday. I didn't receive my certified letter until Monday 7/23 @ 4pm. What upsets me the most is that two other districts called me on Monday 7/16 inquiring about my employment status because they either heard through "reliable" sources or received the RIF list from Lorain that I had been RIFfed. It would have been nice if someone from Lorain Schools would have let me know about my employment status before releasing that information to the public AND before the board meeting was even held.

Good luck with getting any answers.
Johnna Lyman

Martin said...

I will take a stab at answering Patti"s question. There were several mistakes made to the RIF list by David Williams, HR Director (yes, even after receiving a $15,000 bonus). Some teachers were phoned over a week ago by the union and informed that they actualy were RIF'ed and others were told that they were not. I do not know the number of mistakes.

Martin said...

There were several mistakes made to the RIF list by David Williams, HR Director (yes, even after receiving a $15,000 bonus). Some teachers were phoned over a week ago by the union and informed that they actualy were RIF'ed and others were told that they were not. I do not know the number of mistakes. A few did not know their status until the list came out at the board meeting.

Patti Ewald said...

Were the other districts calling to offer you a job or were there just people there who knew you and wanted to know how you were doing?
Do you have any idea how many others like you are out there? Those who did NOT get the original letter and yet got laid off?
I have been told the Southview band director was one of the lucky ones, one who got the original letter but kept his job. Perhaps you took his place?

Loraine Ritchey said...

The people who have been effected by this whole "sorry" -"we didn't know" fiasco is heartbreaking and still no answers!

The spokeperson doesn't speak for the BOE according to one report....the BOE serves the tax payers but apparently doesn't answer to either the taxpayers or their own employees. So who does "answer"?

LCS as the employer is seen to be treating people and their lives like so many numbers not real living breathing human beings, who are now living in turmoil. I have read all the comments, listened to them cried with some and I want answers too!
"You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live." ~William Shakespeare
They (BOE) seem to see the numbers by each name as a just a tool to balance the budget.....a budget blown by their ineptness. Just my opinion and I sincerely hope that this community and those that can - demand that accountability be forthcoming. Loraine Ritchey

Dean said...

Patti,
I also am one of the teachers that was added to the RIF list on July 12th. There were 14 people taken off the original list and 11 new ones added. The people that were taken off were all supposedly due to having more seniority than those that were added.

Patti Ewald said...

Thanks for the note, Dean, and sorry about your job loss. Thinking of going to Florida?
By the way, I think we finally got the story on the change in the RIF list for tomorrow's paper. I don't know what the delay was ... I think the reporter may have called in the FBI.