District Officials Confirm Teacher Job Cuts

Bay District Officials are confirming some teacher jobs are on the line in the midst of the struggling economy.

School Superintendent Bill Husfelt sent an email Friday to school administrators and school board members.

Citing extreme budget cuts and lower student enrollment for the job-cuts, Husfelt wrote quote: "It saddens me to inform you that we are now going to have to release as many as two dozen teachers and reduce the paraprofessional allocated hours effective December 19th, 2008."

Deputy superintendent Judy Vandergrift says that's since been reduced to 5 teachers. She says those affected are currently under their probationary period.

Husfelt further states in the email that "the district has made every cut at the Nelson building we can, and in fact, we are in the process of moving staff out of their assignments here and back to the classroom as certification allows."

Husfelt did not return our calls Tuesday for further comment on the situation.

In an email sent to Bay District Principals, Asst. Principals, and Admin. Asst's. from Bill Husfelt.
The email reads quote:

“Just as our state and nation are experiencing financial challenges, Bay District Schools is no exception…During this difficult time; we have made every adjustment possible without directly affecting the classroom. However, it saddens me to inform you that we are now going to have to release as many as two dozen teachers and reduce the paraprofessional allocated hours (Project 0266) effective December 19, 2008. This is due to two main factors: extreme budget cuts from the state and lower student enrollment.

I need each principal to begin considering how much to make the needed adjustments within his/her school and begin making plans for schedule changes. I know how terrible this is for so many and if there was another way, we would do it. The District has made every cut at the Nelson Building we can, and in fact, we are in the process of moving staff out of their assignments here and back to the classroom as certification allows.

You will be notified Monday if your school will be affected and to what extent. I thank you in advance for facing this situation head-on and I ask you to let us know if you have any questions.”

Bill Husfelt
Superintendent of Schools
Bay District Schools


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