Saline calls back 28 teachers who were facing layoffs
The Saline school district is calling back 28 teachers today from layoff status as administrators complete the initial phase of staffing for the 2010-11 school year.
That leaves about 31 teachers still slated to be laid off. The district issued 63 notices earlier this year in an attempt to cut about $3 million from next year's budget. Six teachers have already been recalled following a concession agreement.
The district's goal is still to eliminate about 20 positions overall, said spokesman Steve Laatsch, the district’s assistant superintendent of instructional services.
"We will be able to bring back some more people, but we're not sure yet how many," Laatsch said.
One factor in making that determination will be whether state legislators pass a retirement incentive plan for veteran educators.
Another is how many new students will enroll in the district as a result of Saline's schools-of-choice status for K-6.
Laatsch said the district is still working to enhance a number of programs despite the current budget environment, including literacy support and the daily music program for fifth graders. He said administrators strongly believe the music program is worth keeping, as it helps build a band and orchestra program for the middle and high school levels.
Next week, administrators will continuing work on the staffing process, looking at shuffling people to different positions, in light of the new building configuration plan passed by the Board of Education in March.