Spokeswoman: School system hopes to rehire some laid-off teachers

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:50 a.m.

SALISBURY — The Rowan-Salisbury School System hopes to rehire at least some of the 50 teachers whose positions were eliminated this week, a spokeswoman said this morning.

State statutes require that school systems notify any certified staff by May 15 if their contracts are not being renewed.

“This is part of a process we go through every year,” said spokeswoman Rita Foil.

Foil said 50 teachers were notified Tuesday with hand-delivered letters that their jobs would be eliminated. Another 20 staff positions were identified to be cut through retirements, resignations or temporary employees.

“At this point, we don’t really know what the state budget is going to look like,” Foil said. “We do this every year, and every year we’ve been able to hire back staff. Our hope is this would happen again, but we don’t know. That’s something we won’t know until final state budget has been approved.”

She said the layoffs are based not only on expected state and federal funding cuts, but also on a projected drop in enrollment. The state funds a certain number of teaching positions based on the number of students enrolled.

“This is anticipating what’s the worst that could happen out there, and what do we feel could happen out there,” Foil said. “We prepare for that, but hopefully, that won’t happen. Maybe the state budget will come thruough for us and show strong support for education.”

Read more in Thursday’s Salisbury Post.

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