Employees, parents react to Birmingham City Schools job cuts

There are nearly 200 job cuts or demotions coming to the Birmingham City School system. Many school employees who attended Tuesday's board meeting expected the cuts, and agree something needed to be done get the district back in order. Still, they say being without a job doesn't make that process any easier.

Lisa Woolley Thomas is a project director at Woodlawn High School. For eight years, she has mailed transcripts and organized class schedules. Her job was on the chopping block.

"I no longer have a position, I hardly make that much as it is. They cut us and a lot of others, and took our livelihood," Woolley Thomas says.

State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice approved the state's recommendation financial plan after it failed to get the majority of the school board's approval during the meeting. The cuts are part of a plan to save the district more than $12 million. The layoffs include nurses and other staff support positions. The demotions will center on positions in the Central Office.

Dr. Bice says notifications of transfers will be mailed out Wednesday. Employees have seven days to accept or decline them. He adds that the job cuts were in line with the Birmingham City School Board's own policy of seniority.