C-A may lay off 22 teachers due to budget cuts

FLINT TWP. — Twenty-two teachers in the Carman-Ainsworth school district have been notified of potential layoffs, following approval of a resolution by the Board of Education at a special meeting April 20.

The action is attributed to uncertainty about next year’s state budget and the local economy’s impact on enrollment, Superintendent Bill Haley said in a statement. Additional concerns created by the district’s staffing process made it necessary to notify affected teachers that their employment could potentially end, effective July 1, he said.

Of those on the notification list, nine work at the high school, five at the middle school and eight at the elementary level. They include teachers of art, history, physical education, kindergarten, science, english/journalism, computers and theater and a counselor.

Haley said this notice was primarily precautionary, with less than a handful of individuals in the resolution being truly in danger of not having work with the district next year. Notices were issued in compliance with procedures established by law and the collective bargaining process.

Affected teachers were individually notified by e-mail on Friday April 15 and invited to an informational meeting with central administrators on April 19.

The resolution approved by the board indicated that certifications and qualifications were considered, as required contractually, and layoff notices issued to serve “the best educational, financial and curricular interests of the district.’’

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