Fort Wayne Community Schools is trimming the hours of more than 600 part-time teaching aides and cafeteria workers in response to a projected budget shortfall and to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, a school official said.
FWCS chief financial officer Kathy Friend said the school district is dropping 610 employees from 30 hours per week to 25 hours per week starting June 3, rather than provide them with health insurance. Doing so would have cost the district $10 million, a price tag it cannot afford, Friend said.
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, will require employers to offer health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours per week.
Friend said the decision to cut the hours of part-time workers was also driven by the expectation that FWCS will have a tighter budget in 2015.