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Old 04-29-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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Should this be a red flag for a prospective family? I was looking at their site today, and saw that they cancelled the job fair they normally do in May, AND have a hiring freeze right now. I was hoping to get a job (as an aide) in one of the schools, and will have 2 in elementary school if/when we arrive. Would you be particularly alarmed or nervous about this?
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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Should this be a red flag for a prospective family? I was looking at their site today, and saw that they cancelled the job fair they normally do in May, AND have a hiring freeze right now. I was hoping to get a job (as an aide) in one of the schools, and will have 2 in elementary school if/when we arrive. Would you be particularly alarmed or nervous about this?
It just might mean that you have to take another position until things return to normal. It is confirmed they are not hiring and in addition, some will loose their jobs this summer. So I would not count on a school job right now. However, there are still jobs here and there, but they are growing scarce and now with this virus crap it won't help either.

Most advise not to move here on a wing and a prayer and I think that goes with any place right now. Its tough out there, most anywhere.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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Should this be a red flag for a prospective family? I was looking at their site today, and saw that they cancelled the job fair they normally do in May, AND have a hiring freeze right now. I was hoping to get a job (as an aide) in one of the schools, and will have 2 in elementary school if/when we arrive. Would you be particularly alarmed or nervous about this?
I'd not expect a job at WCPSS.

Teachers/state employees will now give back 1% of their pay in exchange for 10 hours of unpaid leave.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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It's actually half of 1%, but yes.

They are giving all state employees 10 hours of unpaid leave. This is happening because the state doesn't want to lay off even more employees. It isn't promising (or even likely) for new jobs.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:16 PM
 
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In Charlotte they are firing people like crazy and have had a freeze on hiring for awhile. I expect finding a job in any school system in NC will be nearly impossible. At the HS level, where my mom teaches, they are in effect firing teachers and making the classes huge to compensate.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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Teachers/state employees will now give back 1% of their pay in exchange for 10 hours of unpaid leave.
It's actually 0.5% in exchange for 10 hours of paid leave. There seems to be much confusion over this, but Bev Perdue sent out a clarification about this today.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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There are over 1000 Wake County employees that will be terminated at the end of June. There are others who aren't on terminating contracts and are losing their job at their school (due to changing enrollment) and these folks will be given jobs somewhere in another Wake County school that needs the position filled. So if you are an outside applicant, the list of folks ahead of you in line for a job is long..........whenever the lift the hiring freeze. There are no "other positions" being hired for right now in the schools.....only critical teaching positions.........the job freeze affects teachers, administration, clerical, custodial......everyone in the schools. The principals are being asked to only staff at 95% of what they need because the funding isn't there. The jobs just aren't here like they were in years past...........my two cents is that I wouldn't move here in hopes of working for WCPSS.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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If you're worried about it as a quality of education/"state of the schools" issue for your kids, I don't think it's a major red flag - I imagine you'll find similar circumstances pretty much everywhere. Of course it's not ideal, but the economy is what it is, and there are far-reaching effects of it. In the article today about the "furlough" for state employees referenced above, they listed several other states that have taken similar or more drastic measures.

As others have said, I wouldn't come expecting to find a job. . .
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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Should this be a red flag for a prospective family? I was looking at their site today, and saw that they cancelled the job fair they normally do in May, AND have a hiring freeze right now. I was hoping to get a job (as an aide) in one of the schools, and will have 2 in elementary school if/when we arrive. Would you be particularly alarmed or nervous about this?
Wake is a very affluent county and there are affluent people losing their jobs and losing their benefits. Many of these people will be applying for whatever vacancies do and might exist in hopes of securing benefits. The competition for assistant jobs will be very high and many of the people will be way over qualified. Understand that people in the banking and mortgage industry are looking for jobs and benefits.

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Old 04-29-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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Wake is a very affluent county and there are affluent people losing their jobs and losing their benefits. Many of these people will be applying for whatever vacancies do and might exist in hopes securing benefits. The competition for assistant jobs will be very high and many of the people will be way over qualified. Understand that people in the banking and mortgage industry are looking for jobs and benefits.
Way over qualified how? Just because you have a master's degree in finance does not assure anyone you will be a great assistant to a 2nd grade class. Not to mention, these people are going to fly the coup as soon as they find anything else and the administrators know this. Turnover among assistants is what 10% of the overall budget for their positions? (just a wild guess but it has got to be high)

Traditionally the best employees are found when they are hired within their skill and experience level. So what ends up happening, is many dumb down their resumes.
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