Sandusky Schools ready for layoffs

Several Sandusky Schools employees received letters Friday informing them they may be laid off. Sandusky Education Association president Brian Nitschke said about a dozen teachers received notice that they are on a "displaced list" and could lose their jobs if there are not enough retirements.
Susan McMillan
May 11, 2010

 

Several Sandusky Schools employees received letters Friday informing them they may be laid off.

Sandusky Education Association president Brian Nitschke said about a dozen teachers received notice that they are on a "displaced list" and could lose their jobs if there are not enough retirements.

The notifications appear to go beyond the elimination of eight certificated positions approved by the school board last month, though Nitschke said he did not have a chance to clarify with administrators on Monday.

Superintendent Bill Pahl said there will be a recommendation at the June 7 board meeting "that contracts may possibly be suspended," but he would not elaborate.

"I will not comment until the board takes action," Pahl said.

On April 26 the board voted unanimously to eliminate five teaching positions at Sandusky High School that are now occupied by retiring teachers, plus jobs for three Reading First data managers. The Reading First grant, which pays those salaries, is due to run out after this year.

"I suspected that there might possibly be some more Reading First positions reduced," Nitschke said. "But the others were somewhat of a surprise."

Board members also said Monday that they did not know of plans for further staff cuts.

"If there are more, I'm not aware of it," board vice president Jeff Krabill said. "But I wouldn't completely rule that out because there's a constant evaluation process."

Krabill said some federal Title programs, and the money for them, are ending.

Board member Richard Koonce also said he was not aware of plans for further cuts in staff. Board president Faith Denslow did not immediately return a phone call.

Reductions in the number of school personnel are part of a years-long process that accompanies declining enrollment and funding challenges.

Last fiscal year, Sandusky Schools had 313 teachers and 540 total employees. In fiscal year 2003, there were 342 teachers and 597 employees in the district.