East Providence Meets the March 1 Deadline
… to issue teacher layoff notices.
Tonight, the School Committee voted 4-1 to approve the recommendation by Superintendent Mario Cirillo to send lay off notices, effective September 1, to fifty five teachers.
Most of the time, in most cities and towns, only a fraction of those receiving notices are actually laid off. School Committee member Steve Stantos emphasized
This is not something anybody wants to do. … There are some excellent teachers on this list. Hopefully, we do get them back.
But by way of pointing out that this may well not happen, Director of Human Resources Lonnie Barham observed out that “we have not had this kind of fiscal situation either”.
One final point. Upon being asked the criteria for the layoffs, Mr. Barham replied, “Least senior teachers”. It was noted that this was pursuant to the terms of the (expired) contract.
[H/T Will Ricci at Ocean State Republican for breaking this news late Sunday night.]