Central office braces for layoffs

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With a looming $475 million deficit, central office is abuzz with rumors of impending layoffs this month. Today, a CPS spokeswoman confirms that layoffs are “anticipated,” but declined to say when they would occur.

Such steps are in line with what is happening at City Hall, where Mayor Richard Daley announced drastic cost-cutting measures, including 14-day furloughs for non-union employees, were in the works to offset its $300 million deficit.

 

With a looming $475 million deficit, central office is abuzz with rumors of impending layoffs this month. Today, a CPS spokeswoman confirms that layoffs are “anticipated,” but declined to say when they would occur.

Such steps are in line with what is happening at City Hall, where Mayor Richard Daley announced drastic cost-cutting measures, including 14-day furloughs for non-union employees, were in the works to offset its $300 million deficit.

At the school district, streamlining and restructuring would be the focus of cost cutting efforts, Monique Bond explains, and then reiterates CEO Ron Huberman’s pledge to preserve classroom programs. “Those are areas we will not compromise.”

In recent weeks, several departments have come before Huberman’s new performance management team to make a case for their work. The results of these meetings will inform layoff decisions, says Bond.

We’d like to know what you’re hearing about belt-tightening at 125 S. Clark Street. With pink slips on the way, what’s the mood at 125 S. Clark, in area offices and in schools?