Declining Enrollment Forcing Teacher Cuts in SAISD

A drop in student enrollment is leading to the layoff of 60 teachers in the San Antonio ISD, and the end of contracts for some probationary employees, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The largely inner city district says it lost 2,000 students in the current school year and expects to lose more in the year that begins in August, resulting in a loss of $31 million in state aid to education funding.

"We have begun meeting with some teachers who have been recommended for termination due to a Reduction in Force or a Necessary Reduction in Personnel, and we expect approximately 60," the district said in a statement.  "This process is based on employee performance, as governed by policy and law.  We will be working through the week to review attrition and assess the need to meet with teachers to provide them with notice of the situation."

The SAISD said Central Office and campus administration personnel are also being 'looked at,' as the district tries to adjust its staff levels to projected student enrollment levels.

"This is a difficult and complex process we hoped to avoid through attrition, and we continue to monitor that daily," the district said, indicating that the total number of teachers facing Reduction in Force could end up being bigger or smaller than 60 based on attrition numbers.

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