Apr 8, 2021 - News

Hillsborough County schools cutting 1,000 jobs to cover $100 million budget shortfall

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Hillsborough County Public Schools are set to cut 1,000 positions in order to cover the system's $100 million budget shortfall.

The big picture: It's the 7th-largest school district in the nation, yet Florida ranks as one of the worst states for funding public education.

The state of play: Superintendent Addison Davis, who took questions from reporters yesterday, said teachers and employees already in the system will hopefully be safe from unemployment as positions are "weaned away."

  • Everyone, including Davis and school principals, will need to be furloughed for four days over the summer.
  • Cuts to district expenditures, construction contracts, travel and overtime costs will cover the remaining $15 million not covered by position cuts.
  • Art, music, PE, media, mental health and technology in elementary schools may need to be further funded through millage taxes, Davis said.

The bottom line, per Davis: "It's a big puzzle. We just continue taking it apart and putting it together to figure out if it makes sense."

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