Today has been a very difficult day for our school district community. As you may already have heard, a number of teachers have received “pink slips” or reassignment letters. The reason behind this situation is that we have identified a large potential shortfall of about $670,000 that will impact next year’s approved budget due to the most current costs for Special Education. As you know, while we are unable to predict the number of students who will be moving into the district and who will need special services, the district is obligated by law to cover those costs. Unfortunately, the costs have been trending upward since the development of the budget in the spring, having the potential to drain an already tight budget for next year. While we are hopeful that there may be some financial resolve, at this time we need to address our budget liabilities per any contractual obligations. If we had not notified teachers by June 15, we would have been obligated to their employment.
As we progress during the remaining weeks andinto the summer, we will make further decisions regarding any adjustments or recalls of staff, who will be notified as soon as any changes may occur.
The unfortunate part is that the personal feelings of hurt and uncertainty of our caring teachers cannot be denied oravoided. I simply ask that we be as supportive as we can of all involved, and I hope that we can be constructive as possible as we move forward.