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FWISD Pushing for No Teacher Layoffs

District saves $16.5 million

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    Even after the projected savings, the district is still $45 million in the red.

    Administrations with the Fort Worth Independent School District say they'll recommend to the school board that no teachers be laid off next year.

    The district said they're making the recommendation despite legislative action that puts the district in a $60 million deficit for this year and next.

    According to the district, they have realized savings of $12.5 million while an additional $4 million has been received from federal sources.

    The district said they've been working to preserve funds and that because of that hard work, the fund balance will be about $15 million higher than initially forecast, but still $45 million in the red.

    “The battle is not over. We will look at the 2013-14 budget before the ink is dry on this year’s plan,” said superintendent Walter Dansby. “And, we will redouble our efforts to find ways great and small to save money while not stinting on what works for our students.”

    The district said 200 elementary teachers, 166 secondary teachers and 66 “other degreed professionals” notified the district of their intent to resign or retire as part of the Early Notification Incentive program which provided the flexibility to save teacher jobs and reallocate teacher resources to other campuses.