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Waco ISD Announces Layoffs

April 8, 2011

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When Dr. Bonny Cain took over as Waco ISD superintendent in February, the district was already facing a budget gap and looking to cut expenditures. In what she describes as a "perfect storm" combining with funding cuts from the state legislature, the district announced today that 200 employees, comprised mostly of teachers, will not have their contracts renewed for the 2011-2012 school year. Cain says their hand was forced by the budget issues and an April 18 deadline requiring schools to notify employees of their employment status for the coming year.

With a great deal of uncertainty regarding how deep the state cuts to public education will be, Dr. Cain said the district had to act now. But, she stresses that she believes that once the district knows more concrete information about their state revenue, a large percentage will be brought back.

Cain said issues impacting their ability to rehire teachers beyond the money from the state include enrollment numbers, student teacher ratio, and how many teaching units will be needed in the coming year.

The district notified teachers affected today and Cain says they will continue to work with them throughout the period of uncertainty. We'll have more on the state education budget Monday on 103.3 FM. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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