February 12, 2024

Good morning, FWISD!

I trust you had a restful and enjoyable Super Bowl weekend. This week, I am reaching out to you with important information regarding our ongoing efforts to address fiscal matters within our district in an effort to be open and transparent.

As many of you are aware, we are diligently working to address challenges stemming from declining enrollment. Last year, we made reductions at the district level totaling approximately $1.6 million. In an effort to minimize the impact on employees, we deviated from staffing guidelines. This year, due to continued projections of declining enrollment, coupled with legislative inaction on public school financing, the sunsetting of ESSER funds, fewer federal dollars, and a projected budget deficit, it has become necessary for us to make additional reductions both in budgets and staff.

It is crucial to remember that more than eighty percent of our budget is allocated to salaries. We are fundamentally a people-centered organization, and when we must address fiscal matters, it unfortunately affects our valued employees. We understand the profound impact that these decisions have on each member of our team. It is with a heavy heart that we make these decisions, and we are doing so as early as possible to provide ample time for affected employees to explore alternative opportunities. We anticipate notifying impacted employees no later than this coming Friday.

While some positions may no longer exist, I want to emphasize that there will still be positions available within Fort Worth ISD. Our Talent Management team will be working closely with affected employees to identify these opportunities, and we will also be organizing specific job fairs to facilitate this process. Additionally, it's essential to remember that vacancies will continue to arise throughout the spring due to retirements, resignations, and other factors, providing further avenues for those who wish to remain with the district.

Above all, we have tried to minimize the impact to the classroom by prioritizing student achievement. We remain committed to ensuring that resources are directed back to the classroom, equipping our teachers and students with the necessary tools for success. Student outcomes must remain our top priority, and we appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate these challenging times together.

I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the dedication and hard work of each member of our team. Your contributions to the Fort Worth ISD community are invaluable, and we are immensely thankful for your unwavering commitment to our students and our district.

Respectfully,

Angélica M. Ramsey, Ed.D.

Superintendent of SchoolsFort Worth Independent School District