C-A pink-slips 25 teachers

FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education approved the layoffs of 12 teachers at a special meeting on April 26.

Seven are elementary school teachers, two are high school teachers, one is a middle school teacher and two teach at both the middle and high schools, according to Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff.

The decision in enrollment driven and was determined by both seniority and certifications as outlined in the collective bargaining contract, he said.

The layoffs are effective July 1, which is the beginning of the next school year.

In previous years, pink-slipped teachers have been called back by the time school resumed in the fall. But that may not be the case this year in light of the district’s mounting budget constraints.

School officials will have a clearer picture of enrollment as the summer goes on but for now are required by law to notify affected teachers of pending layoffs.

Tunnicliff said that some of them are what he calls “precautionary layoffs” and it is pretty likely that they will still have their jobs come September.

“We anticipate recalling a number of these individuals but it is safe to say that as budgets become tighter and tighter, unfortunately there is a good chance we can have some people who will remain on layoff,’’ he said.

The district thankfully has been able to avoid permanent layoffs in recent years but unless enrollment stabilizes or increases, some staff reductions are likely, he said.

Seven of teachers on this year’s list were also among 15 issued layoff notices last year.

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