FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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CPS Office of Communications
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool is continuing efforts to streamline the Central Office and send more resources to schools, today by eliminating 40 jobs, 35 of which were vacant. The total savings from the latest personnel moves totals more than $3 million, which is on top of the $6.1 million in Central Office savings Claypool’s changes have generated since he took the helm at CPS. A full list of impacted positions can be found below.
“Nothing is more important than supporting our children’s education by getting scarce resources into schools, and that must be the highest priority for all of us,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “We will continue to look for ways to reduce our Central Office budget and improve our finances so that our classrooms remain our priority.”
In several cases, functions that have historically been carried out by Central Office employees will become the responsibility of existing network office staff and the schools themselves. For example, the Teaching & Learning Department handled much of the district-run professional development for teachers. The department’s role will transition to oversee and facilitate more targeted professional development for teachers, delivered locally at the school or Network level.
These savings will also be posted online at cps.edu/costsavings
NEW REDUCTIONS* – VACANCIES: $2,648,022 MILLION
*These vacancies were closed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.
NEW REDUCTIONS* – CLOSED POSITIONS: $398,100
*These positions have been eliminated between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.
NEW POSITIONS ADDED
No new positions have been added between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.
NET PREVIOUS PERSONNEL SAVINGS (PRIOR TO 9-1-15): $1.22 MILLION
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OPERATIONAL SAVINGS: $4.89 million
- These staffing moves build on previously announced cost savings measures, totaling $4.89 million.
- CPS is phasing out the 7 percent pension pick for Central Office, Network and non-union support staff. When this is fully phased out in FY18, the annual savings will be $11.1 million. This year, savings are $2.9 million.
- The Office of Strategic Support Services – known as OS4 and created in 2012 – is being phased out for a savings of nearly $1.4 million.
- The Executive Office Budget will decrease from $1.82 million in FY15 to $1.48 million in FY16, an 18 percent reduction of $341,000.
- Senior officers will now be required to earn vacation time like every other employee. This will save more than $250,000.