Records show $9.4 million Fort Worth ISD layoff savings; 112 positions affected

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Records show .4 million Fort Worth ISD layoff savings; 112 positions affected

The Fort Worth ISD school board listens to a presentation in the District Service Center on Jan. 13, 2023. (Jacob Sanchez | Fort Worth Report)
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Fort Worth ISD is saving more than $9.4 million through its recently announced layoffs, according to documents obtained through an open records request.

The records detail how much money the district is saving after district officials did not provide an estimate. The documents also showed fewer employees laid off than originally announced.


In February, Fort Worth ISD announced the elimination of positions in the Division of Technology as well as some campus-level jobs such as freshman success coaches and instructional specialists at Texas Wesleyan University-run schools.

Most of the affected positions were funded through the district’s $261.6 million in federal pandemic relief dollars. The funds were the third round of relief dollars that the federal government issued over a three-year period during the pandemic. The funds expire Sept. 30.

The school board on Feb. 13 approved a resolution outlining the elimination of positions, but the document did not list a specific number of cuts.

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District spokespeople told the Report on Feb. 16 that 133 positions were affected.


“The resolution outlined a total of 133 positions to be reduced or eliminated, with four being funded from local funds and 129 from federal dollars,” Fort Worth ISD spokesperson Cesar Padilla said when asked March 7 to clarify the total number of positions affected. “Also please note, as the process progressed, some positions may have been reconsidered or modified.” 

Records showed 112 employees were laid off, with salaries ranging from $70,912 to $152,816.

The average salary of laid-off employees was $84,571, according to a Fort Worth Report analysis. 

The savings does not include employees whose positions were eliminated and then rehired in a different role.

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