Facing another year of funding cuts, the Board of Education will vote tonight on whether to issue preliminary layoff notices to 450 teachers, administrators and staff.
The board is legally obligated to notify employees of potential layoffs by March 15. In previous years, the majority of layoffs were rescinded by the time the board voted on a final budget.
School officials were hoping to reduce the tally of layoffs this year with help from The City’s rainy-day fund. But while the district could expect as much as $24 million a few years ago, in recent years that fund has been depleted.
Last year, the district also used $9.5 million in federal stimulus money to help prevent layoffs, but that money was a one-time grant.
Also tonight, the board will vote on the rules by which teachers will be laid off. While the district is required to base layoffs on seniority, it will attempt to protect the jobs of math and science teachers, teachers who are bilingual and those who focus on special education.