89 Layoffs Possible in Scranton District

SCRANTON -- There was yelling, and at times, insults hurled at a Scranton School District Budget and Finance meeting Thursday night.

School board directors got a look at a tentative budget plan, which includes laying off 89 people.

"We're very upset, I have teachers calling every day, they're coming in to see the seniority list. They're coming in, they just want to see if they're going to have a job, they don't know,” said Rosemary Boland, president of the teachers union.

School directors are scrambling to approve the budget by the end of the year.

They are trying to close a nearly $19 million budget deficit.

They just learned they do not have to pass a balanced budget, but they need to come up with a clear plan to get the district out of the hole.

"It does give us more time, but at the same time, I'm a little leery of not getting it in on time. We don't want to do anything to jeopardize our status with the state,” said Scranton School Board President Barbara Dixon.

Board members listened to a plan that includes those layoffs, which include music, physical education, art, special education, librarians, and other teachers.

If approved, the plan would change the school schedules for all students and require regular elementary education teachers to teach classes like gym, art and music.

"I feel bad for the kids who do take those classes because then like that's something they enjoy doing to come to school, they're going to lose that,” said Sydney Decker, a Scranton High School Junior.

"It's going to be sad for like the families of those teachers because they worked hard to get these jobs so it's sad to like get them taken away,” said Katarina Montoro, a Scranton High School Junior.

The board of directors plans to have a budget hearing next week, to hear the publics' opinions before making any final decisions.

School leaders say the hard fact remains: this district is in serious financial trouble and hard decisions have to be made.

"If the board approves it, the layoffs would be for July 1, for the 2018 school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijian.

School board directors hope to hold a public hearing on the tentative plan Monday.

31 comments

  • Momofthree

    The last time the teachers went on strike they did a food drive and handed out food to the kids while they were seeking more money and benefits for themselves. Didn’t they see that they were asking more and more from people who can’t afford it? The teachers thought they were doing something nice to feed the kids but they missed the big picture that these kids and their families can’t even afford to eat. Everyone from teachers to taxpayers are going to suffer with this mess. I feel sorry for the kids because there will be alot of unhappy teachers who will take it out on the kids. The union has already approved a strike for this school year. Hey taxpayers can you believe the disrespect this union has for us?

  • jim

    No sports! That is a big drain of money.
    OT for the cops, the EMT’s get paid ,bus drivers and fuel, uniforms, coaches salaries,and how many sports teams are there?
    School should be reading,writing and arithmetic. Ever stop and wonder why we are at best, 20th in the world and falling. Don’t complain when the kids from other walks of life are coming and taking the jobs in this country.
    You may need cuts but be fair to all the kids.

  • Sgt. Pooptickle

    Bloated salaries, summers off, diamond encrusted health care with little or no contribution – oh these poor people. Oh how did THIS happen? Why on earth can’t we afford to save ALL these jobs? On behalf of all the taxpayers, a hot lunch for all teachers in NEPA and their unrealistic union-driven nonsense.

  • Douglass

    Good God people. Those who may be like sing their jobs are not the ones who got the district into this. Over paid-under paid-does not matter. Loss of jobs has an impact on many. These people have children, families to take care of. Where has humanity gone. These comments are foul.

    • Smdh

      Who cares. Let the teachers go fight for a $10 hour job like the rest of us do and raise their families on that. Oh yeah, and work ALL year I might add.

  • Boland Blew It

    The teachers are screwed. If they don’t agree to the proposed cuts the state will take over the district and the mandated cuts will be much more severe.

  • Union Thug

    All of the comments under stories even tangentially related to teachers, unions, and public schools are just too predictable and silly. Ya’ll are like comic book villains! All of this hate. Did you really have such a tough time when you were in school? Was a teacher mean to you? Did the other kids bully you for some reason? Or is your life just so sad and boring now because of your own mistakes and poor choices, your own inadequacy, that you just have to spit your bile at unions and liberals? The death of the middle class in this country is directly tied to Republicans and oligarchs strangling unions. And BTW, many studies show that conservatism goes hand-in-hand with lower IQ and high fear levels. So, you’re basically dumb pussies…

    • BOB

      WOW UNION THUG YOUR LITTLE TIRADE WAS FILLED WITH SUCH LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING FOR US POOR DUMB PEOPLE THANK YOU FOR NOT BULLYING US I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST UNIONS THEY KEEP WAGES FOR US NON UNION WORKERS AT A DECENT PAY SCALE TO A DEGREE BUT PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS DIFFERENT STORY THEY THINK THEY CAN KEEP BLEEDING AND TAKING ALL THEY WANT FROM US BECAUSE THEY HAVE POLITICAL POWER SO WHEN YOU HAVE A PERSON LIKE ROSIE WHO DOESNT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT TAXPAYERS THATS WHEN I SAY WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD

      • Union Yes

        Republicans just voted for an epic tax break for corporations and the wealthiest 1%. Who doesn’t care about middle class taxpayers?

    • Veritas

      I’m not sure whether to feel sorry for your dichotomous ramble or to call you out for being a troll. You obviously have enough intelligence to look up and use some SAT words, but then mix them with ‘ya’ll’ (sic), ‘pussies’, ‘BTW’, name-calling, and incomplete sentences. On top of that, you make some pretty sweeping claims without a single source to back them up. Maybe try again once you’re coherent and have something to add to the discussion.

  • really real

    Teachers are not the problem. Teachers are easy targets as they are the “public face” of the schools. Notice there is not a single mention of any of the six-figure administrators on the block here?

    • Jim

      Teachers make up the largest portion of the payroll and benefits and as a result they are the largest portion of the problem

  • Mark

    The greedy teachers are getting what they deserve. The chickens are finally coming home to roost after all these years.

    • mary p.

      COME ON IN!! JOIN THE REAPS AND BENEFITS OF BEING A TEACHER IN 2017! I DARE YOU….YOU WILL CRY LIKE A BABY AND RUN FOR THE HILLS. YOU HAVE ZERO IDEA ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. YOU SHOULD KISS THE NEXT TEACHER THAT YOU SEE, IF ONLY YOU KNEW WHAT WE GO THROUGH….

  • M. Bailey

    It’s about time something to be done. Teachers keep striking for raises when the money isn’t there. Also, the classes could be made bigger. School board id raping the elderly with their outrageous taxes and raises that are not needed.

  • DG1959 (@nep1959)

    19 million shortfall. Democrats spend money like it’s an endless supply. Scranton School District is just like Scranton City. Democrats only know how to spend. Eventually the well runs dry.

  • Bob Calvey

    Well if the teachers and the unions weren’t so greedy and just take and take oh well WELCOME to the real world poor Rosie 89 jobs even at 40 grand a year wow losing a lot of money rosie

  • Sharp Pencil

    I am a proponent of Athletics, keeps kids busy and off the streets. But, the AD and the entire Athletics Dept. should be the first thing to go. Not everyone plays, but everyone pays. Tough times call for tough decisions. Let the employees choose, 89 layoffs or take a pay cut percentage wise that equates to the 89 layoffs. Look to your friends at work, are they willing to take a hit to save your job?

  • Original

    If people would just stop using the public education system and pyblic schools all together. Majority wants free babysitting while their kids are taught to be sheeple, believe the government, and live under complete dictatorship. The entire pyblic school system and education system is CORRUPT. Money speaks volumes.

    • Original

      *public

      Sorry grammar police. Was too busy homeschooling my child and multi tasking instead of being precise. Btw, no lay offs here 😘

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