Cuts in staffing are imminent.
Collier County Public Schools officials say that in such a labor-intensive operation, budget cuts elsewhere can only go so far before looking at employees' positions.
Though Superintendent Kamela Patton stresses this is all about positions rather than people, it is about people — our friends and neighbors who depend on those paychecks.
The community always snaps to attention when jobs are on the line or even subject to change, as with the privatization of custodians a few years ago. That goes double these days when school staffers are in jeopardy of joining our community's already-struggling unemployment statistics.
For that reason, we trust Patton, her staff and the School Board will explore every single possible option before cuts of an estimated 100 employees become formalized at a board meeting on Tuesday. No idea should be cast aside because it may come late in the process. Getting it right by our students and those people is worth extra effort.