Niles Community Schools to announce layoffs WednesdayPublished 9:09am Saturday, April 24, 2010
By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star
Earlier this week, Brandywine Community Schools announced it would be facing a layoff of 17 teachers.
Now, Niles faces its own loss of teachers.
“There will be layoffs,” Superintendent Doug Law said Friday morning.
Niles’ board of education will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, when it will be revealed just how many will face unemployment as of April 30.
However many, Law said, “we will be able to reduce the number of our layoffs” due to what he said are more than a dozen educators resigning or retiring at the end of the year.
“The board and administrative team are still working on budget cuts,” Law said, adding that layoffs and leaving some positions unfilled would be just a part of how the district plans to deal with those cuts.
This budget will be Law’s last big challenge as the year and his career with Niles Community Schools comes to a close.
Incoming superintendent Richard Weigel began his first official week with the district this week, shadowing Law.
“It’s going really well,” Law said.
After being chosen to replace Law, Weigel’s contract with the district was finalized in March.
While he will be a new face to the district, Weigel will also face new challenges, the likes of which Michigan’s schools will see change the face of education.