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Spokane Public Schools notifies teachers of impending layoffs

Teachers were called to a meeting and notified of the layoffs Teachers were called to a meeting and notified of the layoffs

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Public Schools invited 193 teachers to a special meeting Monday afternoon in which they were told most of them will receive layoff notices next week.

The layoffs are a result of a $9 million budget shortfall in the District and an overall $9 billion state budget deficit.

The District's budget for this year was set at $308 million. There was a slight decrease in enrollment which is one cause of the budget shortfall. The second reason is a decrease in state funding.

Letters notifying teachers of the layoffs will be distributed on May 12. The district reports that some of the teachers will be recalled and that could happen as early as June.

Stacy Vesneski, representing Human Resources for the District, says the layoffs are based on seniority which is determined by a teacher's Washington State contractual experience.

Vesneski adds they are hopeful that the majority of the teachers will be recalled by August.

Vesneski says class sizes will increase but will remain under the contract limit.

One official said teacher layoffs like these are very rare and have not been seen in 20 years.

District officials say stimulus funds are headed their way, but right now it is unclear how those funds may be used to save teacher jobs if at all.

The District currently employs around 2,000 teachers.

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