Layoffs at Spokane Public Schools not as severe as expected

Spokane Public Schools superintendent Shelley Redinger told parents and teachers Thursday the district will not be laying off as many employees as it originally announced in April.

An increase in state funding means 244 people will lose their job, instead of the anticipated 325 layoffs announced last month, according to a letter sent to parents today from Redinger. Eleven teachers who were originally laid off got their jobs back because of that change in funding, but 72 non-certificated employees were told today they would not have a job next year.

The state legislature raised local levy authorization from $1.50 per thousand of assessed value to $2.50. Spokane has a voter-approved capacity of an estimated $1.71 and the school board would have to ask voters to authorize raising that cap — that’s something the board will discuss in the next couple months.

Redinger invited parents to ask questions about the district’s budget at open house listening sessions from 5-7 p.m. in the coming weeks:

Tuesday May 14 at Shadle Park High School
Wednesday May 15 at Rogers High School
Thursday May 16 at Ferris High School

Redinger said the district does not expect to issue any more layoff notices.

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