DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Some DeKalb County school employees got word Friday their jobs will be eliminated at the end of the month, as part of the more than 400 planned cuts made by the school board to fill in a huge hole in the budget.
Some employees at the Sam Moss Service Center on Montreal Road in Tucker got word early Friday morning that their positions would be eliminated July 31. The district did not call the cuts layoffs but told employees they could reapply for other jobs within the district. The district did not say how many positions were being eliminated.
"You went in one at a time, talked to your supervisor in a private room one-on-one," said 10-year school district employee Kenny Thornton. "So, it was a tough day for a lot of people because a lot of people have been here for many, many years."
Thornton is one of those losing his job.
Facing a budget shortfall of nearly $80 million, the school board agreed to eliminate more than 400 central office positions. The cuts include workers at the Montreal Road facility. The district estimates it will save nearly $17 million by eliminating those jobs.
Thornton said everyone at his office knew the cuts were coming. They just didn't know when, which he said created a lot of anxiety.
"I think it was the not knowing that was really driving each other crazy," said Thornton. "So, to finally get some closure today was kind of good for me. At least I know what's going on."
Thornton plans to reapply for a new job within the DeKalb County School System.