Teachers were called to a meeting and notified of the layoffs
SPOKANE, Wash. - Letters notifying teachers in Spokane Public Schools of layoffs are in Principals' hands. The letters are scheduled to be distributed Tuesday. Earlier this month, Spokane Public Schools invited 193 teachers to a special meeting in which they were told most of them will receive the notices.
Also Tuesday is the first of two budget forums being held by Spokane Public Schools. It will be held at Chase Middle School at 7 p.m. The second will be held at Glover Middle Schools on May 14 and is also scheduled for 7 p.m.
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.
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.
The District currently employs around 2,000 teachers.