The Department of Education plans to shave about 43 positions from its administrative staff, though 17 of them are already vacant, the Haslam administration said Thursday.
The department represents the second largest chunk of state government in terms of dollars it consumes, the largest being the agency that administers TennCare.
This year’s Department of Education budget topped off at $5.6 billion, which includes state and federal dollars. It employs some 1,341 workers — which means the staff reductions amount to 3 percent of personnel.
The current budget climate makes it unlikely that the department will receive much, if any, additional funding besides standard inflation in the upcoming year, said Kelli Gauthier, spokesperson for the Department of Education. The department needs to be structured in a way that ensures that goals in its strategic plan are met, she said.
“One of the things I’m constantly emphasizing is we’re about providing the service,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “It’s not about us as the employer. It’s about how do we provide that service in the most effective way we can.”
Alex Harris and Andrea Zelinski contributed to this report.