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East Valley teachers and staff expecting layoff notices

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington's state budget crisis will likely impact dozens of Spokane Valley educators. According to an article in The Spokesman-Review 62 teachers and staff at the East Valley School District are expecting to receive Reduction In Force notices following a school board meeting where board members worked to cut several million dollars from the district's budget. The Spokesman report says the proposed cuts to staff alone total about $4.6 million.

Special Education would be hit especially hard by the EVSD cuts; the position's cut include 18 full-time equivalent special education positions. Cuts will also affect the library, custodial and district administrative staff.

Based on reports in The Seattle Times school districts across Washington are making layoff decisions as they face a May 15 deadline to send teachers RIF notices.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn estimates there will be 3,000 layoffs statewide. Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist expects as many as 4,000 teachers and support staff will be laid off before the next school year.

The Washington Education Association is preparing its members for possible layoffs. On their website they've provided an interactive checklist with steps for educators to take to prepare for a potential RIF notice. The WEA recommends all teachers and staff obtain a copy of their personnel file and record of employment with their current school district.

The state's two largest school districts, Seattle and Tacoma, say cash reserves and other cost-savings measures may be enough to balance the budget without layoffs.

Other districts have already announced expected layoffs:

  • 220 in the Bethel School District in Pierce County
  • 65 in Federal Way
  • 81 in Puyallup
  • 100 in Vancouver
  • 62 in the East Valley School District
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