MCCSC To Lay Off A Handful Of Teachers

Only four teachers will be laid off this year as opposed to more than 130 in 2010.

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Photo: Ben Skirvin

MCCSC officials say all the teachers laid off over the summer will likely be rehired at the beginning of the next school year.

Four Monroe County teachers are losing their jobs. The Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to temporarily terminate the positions. This is about 130 fewer than the district was forced to reduce at the same time last year. MCCSC Human Resources Director Peggy Chambers says the district plans to rehire all of the downsized teachers in August.

Our goal is to get all those teachers back. We’ve invested a lot in their training,” said Chambers. “They’re all excellent teachers and so that’s our plan.”

Chambers says all of the teachers laid off this year were working under a temporary license that must be renewed prior to every school year. All the teachers who lost their positions last year have since been invited to return. However, Chambers says many of them are now employed at other districts or in the private sector.

One half-time media specialist was also removed from the MCCSC’s rolls because this year’s collective bargaining agreement with the Monroe County Teachers Association requires union president Linda Richardson to return to the classroom.

Chambers says this year’s decreased number of layoffs is the result of a general fund referendum passed by voters last November, aimed at funneling an additional $7.5 million to the MCCSC for each of the next six years.

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