Brandywine board votes to lay off nine teachers

Published 11:04 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - At previous Brandywine Board of Education meetings the possibility of laying teachers off had been discussed. At a special meeting held on Monday evening Superintendent Gary Rider recommended to the board that nine teachers, three from the elementary level and five from the secondary receive layoff notices.
The board then voted to accept this recommendation, and the teachers will be notified by May 1 of this decision.
Curran added that the district has been through this same process the past three years and it's unfortunate that it seems to be the newly hired teachers who are just starting out in their teaching career who are effected by this the most.
Rider added it is the sincere hope through developing other cost cutting measures and through the resignation and retirement of other staff that is may be possible for the district to recall many of the staff members to their same level of employment.
The Brandywine Public Schools currently employs about 100 teachers and when deciding which teachers will receive layoff notices, they look at seniority.