Superintendent Dispels Rumors About Closed Session Meeting

Teacher Supplements Will Be Issued In June As Planned

Johnston County Public Schools interim superintendent Dr. Ben Williams emailed all JCPS employees this afternoon dispelling any rumors about a Special Called Closed Session Meeting on Wednesday, February 5th.

In the letter, Dr. Williams said a reduction in force would not be a topic at the meeting.  “There are no plans or discussions being held regarding a reduction in force for the current school year. Additionally, teacher supplements are scheduled to be issued in June 2020 as planned.”

In January, former interim superintendent Dr. Jim Causby said as many as 480 school personnel could be laid off as early as March unless JCPS received approximately $6 million from County Commissioners.  On Monday, Dr. Williams said there have been no discussions of a RIF since he took over as interim on January 14th.

When the Closed Session Meeting was first announced officials said in a statement, “After the meeting is called to order, the Board will enter closed session to discuss confidential personnel information and to receive privileged advice from an attorney retained by the Board.”

On Monday, Johnston County Commissioners agreed to give JCPS $950,000 in February, $950,000 in March, $950,000 in April, and $950,000 in May to help with the school budget shortfall.  Commissioners said they will review how much of the $3.8 million has been spent between February and May before determining how much, if any, they will provide in June 2020.  In a 4-to-1 vote approving the funding, Commissioners agreed to pay for their own financial audit of JCPS to determine how and why the school system is in its current financial crisis.

Click here to read the letter Dr. Williams emailed all JCPS employees today.