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Spokane Public Schools estimates 85 percent of laid off teachers to be recalled

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Dr. Staci Vesneske, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Dr. Staci Vesneske, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources

SPOKANE, Wash. - In a letter sent to Spokane Public Schools' teachers who were notified of layoffs this year, the district says it appears that at least 85 percent of those teachers on layoff status will be recalled by the end of the school year.

In all, 103 teachers were notified of layoffs in May. Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the district, Staci Vesneske, says the district anticipates beginning the placement process with involuntary transfers and leave returns starting on June 8. Once those are done, then the district can begin the recall process, starting from the most senior person and working down.

The district says more will be known about adding back more positions by the end of the school year, so that the remaining 15 or so least senior individuals on the list could be returned.

Vesneske adds that while the district does not yet know all of the parameters for the federal stimulus money headed to Washington Schools, the district may be able create additional general education positions outside those specified (Tier 1 and special education).

"This, of course, is dependent upon further clarification from the federal government as well as bargaining and further staffing reviews of class size needs in specific buildings," says Vesneske.

When the layoffs were initially announced, Vesneske did believe that most of the teachers would be recalled.

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


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