School District Says Budget Deficit Now $34 Million and Layoffs Expected
Seattle Public Schools' budget deficit going into the new fiscal year is projected at $34 million, up from the previous estimate of $25 million.
The district made the announcement in a news release Wednesday, crediting the larger deficit to additional fund reductions from the state.
"Due to the unprecedented reduction in state funding we now have made the painful decision to implement a reduction in force of certificated staff" (which include teachers, counselors and librarians), the news release says. "We know that valuable staff, their families, students and school communities are affected by this news."
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District spokeswoman Patti Spencer said the district would soon release more detailed information, including the number of certificated employees receiving layoff slips. The human resources department, she said, was finalizing the process.
It is always our hope, and has often been the case in the past, that a certain number of certificated staff could be called back after a RIF (reduction in force) based on retirements and resignations as staff move or leave for other reasons, the news release also says.
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By Linda Shaw and Katherine Long. The Seattle Times. May 13, 2009.
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