463 teachers on layoff status rehired
The District had been preparing to begin the 2010-11 school year with 536 teachers on layoff from the 2009-10 school year and 19 from the 2008-09 school year, for a total of 555 teachers on layoff status. However, since July 1st, the District has rehired 463. Of the 92 instructional staff members remaining on layoff, only five are core subject area teachers (World Language). The remaining instructional personnel are teachers in elective/specials (e.g. physical education, vocational education) and support personnel (e.g. guidance counselors, media specialists).
The teachers are being rehired to fill slots that have opened due to retirements and resignations or the infusion of Title I stimulus money for a science and mathematics initiative. None of the teachers are being rehired as a result of the federal funds approved last week in Washington, D.C.
Of the 777 non-instructional staff members originally placed on layoff, 195 have been rehired, leaving 582 on layoff. The Federation of Public Employees has agreed to take furloughs to generate funding to return some of their employees to work. As a result of that decision, the District has worked collaboratively with the Federation of Public Employees to identify staff based on need and is now in the process of recalling an additional 113 (of the 582) clerical, facilities servicepersons and maintenance employees.
After school staffing needs are reviewed, the Superintendent and the School Board will determine how any federal funds the District receives will be used. The federal money allows for other school-related personnel to be rehired, hired and/or compensated, so it may not only be teachers who are recalled or hired.
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It is truly sad that our current economic situation is denying our children not only the arts, but the support of their media specialists (or school librarians). In this information age, these instructors are key players in supporting education through resources to teachers and students. Additionally, they are instrumental in teaching our children to critically evaluate the vast information that bombards us daily.