Central Catholic High School cuts staffWritten by Casey Harper | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Declining enrollment forced Central Catholic High School to eliminate 10 employee contracts last week. Central Catholic President Tom Maj said the cuts were achieved by not renewing certain contracts and choosing not to replace retirees.
“We are rightsizing the staff due to enrollment decline,” Maj said. “People typically think that somebody has done something wrong and that isn’t the case. I simply don’t have the resources to support the current staff levels.”
Central Catholic expects 840-880 students next year but Maj said the staff of 108 was fitted for a school of more than 1,000 students.
“If you think of it in terms of a basketball team, I have five jerseys, not six,” Maj said. “The sixth player may be a really good player but I just don’t have a jersey for him.”
When Maj began working at Central Catholic in February, the school had already been cutting costs. Maj said he did not want to cut courses, electives, arts, Advanced Placement classes or other things he felt were most important to students.
“We’re here to serve students,” he said. “I’m confident that the decisions we made will be sufficient to meet the needs of students next fall.”
Maj met with all of the employees to instill confidence going forward.
“This school has an 85-year reputation of graduating students who have realized real achievement gains, both academically and otherwise,” he said.”