Teacher layoffs expected at Ypsilanti High School
An enrollment decline at Ypsilanti Public Schools is resulting in mid-year layoffs, said Superintendent Dedrick Martin on Friday.
Martin said the layoffs, which call for a loss of 4.5 positions, would be mainly teachers at the high school level. The decision goes before the Board of Education when it meets at 7 p.m. on Monday.
The 2010 district student enrollment was
Enrollment fell from 3,782 in 2010 to 3,664 in 2011, a loss of 118 students.
Martin said layoffs caused by decreased enrollment usually occur early in the school year, but he said it will be less disruptive to students after the winter break.
Martin said it’s not uncommon for school districts to adjust staff sizes to correspond with changes in enrollment.
“It would have been disruptive to the kids’ education at the sixth week of the school year,” Martin said. “We are taking every effort to minimize the impact on students as best as possible.”
He said school administrators have talked with the teachers who could be laid off and more information will be available next week.
Monday’s Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ypsilanti High School.
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