Wake school employee loses job after decade

April 22, 2010 9:08:45 PM PDT
The Wake County school board's decision to cut jobs to help deal with the budget crisis is getting personal for some people.The board voted earlier this week to layoff nearly 70 people.

Kim Yaman, a 10 year employee in Evaluation and Research, got the call as they finalized the budget.

"They let me know that the board was voting on this policy and there was going to be a reduction in force and my position was listed among those that were going to be eliminated," Yaman said. "It's just a very hard reality."

Yaman says ever since people started talking about cuts in Central Services, everyone's been on edge.

"We all felt that it could be us," Yaman said.

She says her department of 35, lost six employees.

"They weren't cutting fat, they're cutting muscle, because there's nothing else to cut," Yaman said.

On Thursday, she was at the school board headquarters perhaps for the last time.

"I had to clean out my office and say goodbye to everyone," Yaman said. "That was hard, that was hard to say goodbye to everyone."

The single mother and grandmother says she is now focusing her efforts on finding another job.

"I've sent everybody in the world an e-mail, saying I need a job," Yaman said.

She says she has mounting medical bills that have already made it difficult to make ends meet.

"We'd already in our family cut a lot of things," Yaman said. "There's just, like with the school system, there's not a lot more to cut."

Her colleagues have started collecting pledges for grocery store gift cards to help laid off employees.

So far, Yaman says they have $1,000.

People can send cards and/or donations to WCPSS Human Resources at 110 Corning Road Cary, NC 27518.

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