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.


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