Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | Dozens of veteran workers who were paid to exit San Diego Unified two weeks ago, clearing out jobs and making way for less expensive employees, have already been rehired as hourly workers.
Though some of the returnees are merely covering the weeks until their schools actually close for vacation or signing up as substitute teachers, many of the rehires are a sign that San Diego Unified is mopping up a brain drain after buying out some of its senior employees.
And while rehired employees can still be a bargain for the school district, especially when workers only return for a few hours to help out, bringing them back can be a hidden cost of the now-familiar buyouts if not budgeted for and carefully controlled.
At least 82 out of the more than 1,000 workers who took the buyout are slated to be paid between $12 and $74 an hour for coming back to work, according to a voiceofsandiego.org analysis of school documents. It is unclear exactly how many hours they will work. They include an attorney, managers and administrators, several school nurses and even typists. Many are returning to departments where staffers say their expertise is still needed or no replacement for them has been found.
“The organization has to run,” said Debi Giolzetti, an assistant in the human resources department. “That’s their purpose in coming back.”
Job referral clerk Paul Phaneuf came back immediately because nobody had been hired to take his place. Phaneuf helps teens find jobs that range from working concessions at Qualcomm Stadium to serving lattes at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. His own career at San Diego Unified got a temporary extension when he was rehired two weeks ago as an hourly worker after taking the exit bonus.