'Engineers not in local schools budgets'... but principals are told not to worry

The lack of planning and experience at the very top of the nation's third largest school system became visible again on June 12, 2012, when Chicago principals were told "not to worry" even though the city's building engineers were not included in the schools' budget for the 2012 - 2013 school year. According to a memo to principals:

"From: Internal Communications, Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:49 PM, Subject: MESSAGE FROM PAT TAYLOR: Engineer positions in budget, staffing worksheet

Dear CPS Principal,

Recently, you may have noticed that Engineer positions were closed in your budget and staffing worksheet. Please be assured that this was not a mistake, nor should these closures be interpreted as layoffs. These closures were executed by Central Office staff as CPS prefers that schools not make changes in the system for Engineers during contract negotiations. Schools will be kept abreast of the contract negotiations outcome and instructed as to next steps as soon as they are available.

No action is required of you at this time. More specific information about changes to Engineer assignments and management will be presented the week of June 25. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best Regards, Pat Taylor, Chief, Office of Facility Operations & Management


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