DALLAS- Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said cutting 3,100 teachers and counselor positions, along with 800 non-campus employees is going to be very difficult.
It's going to be significant, said Hinojosa. It's going to be a significant load on our staff and everyone in the district.
He said classrooms sizes will increase under the changes to average 35 students and could go as high as 50. The day to day operation will change too by reducing staffing
I think this will change the way we have to do business, Hinojosa said.
He hopes the state will dip into its rainy day fund to help out the second largest school district in the state of Texas.
The cuts are what he called the worst case scenario and feels the state should consider furlough days and pay cuts.
We can get better, maybe 40 percent better with some help from the state, Hinojosa said. Furlough days, that we are not allowed to do, the city and county used that to manage their budgets in the past. We also need some salary reductions. We have contracts. We are the only ones with statue language that won't allow us to reduce salaries.
Hinojosa said employees would rather reduce salaries than lose jobs.