The list is staggering: 538 full-time positions, including 231 elementary school teachers, 41 English teachers, 45 social science teachers, 28 sixth-grade teachers, 25 P.E. teachers, 13 social workers, and the entire adult education staff.
“It will not continue in its current form,” spokesman Troy Flint said about adult education. “There will be adult education programming, but it will be continued through different departments in alignment with the strategic plan.”
Credentialed special education and bilingual education teachers would be spared from layoffs under this resolution.
As I’ve noted before, this is the first time in years that the school district has issued pink slips to large numbers of tenured, k-12 classroom teachers — a decision based on credential, subject and seniority. (Flint did not know exactly how many of the above positions are held by tenured teachers; those details might come out on Monday.)
State law requires school districts to notify teaching staff by March 15 if there is a possibility they will lose their jobs.
Flint said the district hopes to rescind some of the notices. In the meantime, he said, “We just have to cover ourselves because there’s so much uncertainty with how the state budget will finally shake out.”