100 Potential Lay-Offs At Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — About 100 teachers in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District were notified this week that they may not have jobs next year.

The district said the cuts are due to budget uncertainties at the capitol, declining enrollment and the realignment of some school programs.

In a press release, the district said the move allows the school system to continue to be financially stable.

“As we deal with the realities of state funding concerns, we have a responsibility to continue to live within our means,” said District 191 Superintendent Dr. Randy Clegg, in the release.

The district spokeswoman told WCCO-TV that it is a common practice in many school districts and it’s normal to give the teachers notice that their positions are not guaranteed. She said some of the teachers that received the notice are probationary and a few are tenured teachers.

School officials said that every year some teachers receive layoff notices. There were 48 in 2010 and 57 in 2009 in District 191, according to officials.

“This year the number is greater, because the state funding situation is so uncertain,” said Clegg. “The state Legislature is discussing many proposals and they all have a huge impact on our people and programs.”

Clegg said that if there were any possibility that the teachers may not have a job next year they wanted to let them know so they would have a head start on looking for a new job.

The district said that some of the teachers may be hired back depending on where the district stands after the state budget is finalized.

The first draft of the budget for 2011-2012 will be presented to the Board of Education on May 5.

  • Tea says change is a comin'

    And you all WONDER why we need to re-negotiate the collective bargaining portion of teachers pay……
    It happened in WI…it WILL Happen here! BUT I’m sure like every other issue we face…we will compromise and have our taxes raised…..land of 10,000 taxes.
    I don’t want to see ANY teacher lose their job…(Or ANYONE to lose their job for that matter) but of the schools are NOT financially viable, then they NEED to change!

    • Josh

      @Tea says change is a comin’
      It doesn’t sound like you’re even making a point. Maybe if Tim Pawlenty had been pro-education we wouldn’t have to lay anyone off, This kind of thing has happened every year for the last eight years- union or no union.

  • Amanda

    And yet, the Burnsville school district is hiring even more administrators. They are imploding and it’s due to the lack of foresight and extremely poor leadership.

  • Really

    I am not aware Of more administrators? Who?

  • Amanda

    The HR department recently hired 2 more staff and the communications department is hiring for a communications coordinator position. I believe all are districtwide administrators. not sure why they need a communications coordinator AND a director. They just used to have a communications coordinator position and a web specialist. Both of those positions were paid a LOT less than having a new coordinator AND a director. There are some fishy things going on there. plus they are WAY understaffed in their technology department, which may limit some of the technology education that should be taught in this day and age.

  • rich

    same thing is going on in mpls. they keep hiring administrators and laying off people who work in the bldg and work with the children. then they give the ok to build themselfs a new admin bldg. you want to save money, find out why there are over a 100 principal on special assignment, or in the past we had one superintendent and now there are like ten supers, asst supers, area supers, asst area supers. sad, really sad

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