The Fort Worth ISD is planning a round of layoffs before next school year.
The plan is to eliminate 213 jobs because of a $41 million budget shortfall this year. The layoffs will leave as many as 84 employees out of work and 129 currently vacant positions will be cut from the District payroll.
The layoffs are expected to happen within the next few weeks and immediately affect 38 teacher assistants, 18 Title One teaching assistants, 21 library clerks, and seven physical education assistants.
Over the past two years, the FWISD has cut more than 350 positions from the district payroll from both the central office and actual schools.
Superintendent Walter Dansby is adamant about not laying off teachers. “With the exception of special situations (for example special education or bilingual,) we hope to ensure that we hire teachers from within the District,” Superintendent Dansby said.
The District stated it will provide support and resources to laid-off employees.
“We understand there is a lot of anxiety about the state funding crisis and its impact on our district,” Superintendent Dansby said. “This continues to be a grave concern. However through careful budgeting and realignment of resources we believe we have a plan that will best serve our instructional needs of Fort Worth ISD students.”
The plan will require school board approval and a vote is set for June.