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Anchor Bay Schools Lays Off Paraprofessionals

Employees were given layoff notices early this week, according to the district.

Anchor Bay Schools laid off several paraprofessionals early this week, the district has confirmed.

"We had to layoff approximately 10 paraprofessionals," Robert Tidd, director of human resources for the district, said Wednesday.

The staff reductions were attributed to scheduling issues and changes in the kindergarten structure from last school year. Multiple teachers, who were previously affected by layoffs, have been called back to kindergarten classrooms this school year, Tidd said.

He did not say exactly how many teachers are returning. He said the district does not have any more layoffs scheduled at this time.

Last spring, Director of Elementary Education Marie Dewitte told Patch the classrooms throughout the day.

While addressing , the school district that placed full-day kindergarten students with paraprofessionals half the day and certified teachers the other half.

"We feel that was highly successful, but we can no longer do that," Dewitte said in April. She added that the full-day teacher structure in kindergarten is necessary for funding from the state

What do you think about the kindergarten structure for this school year?

kidcat24 August 29, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Well I sure wish Snyder hadn't taken 1.8 billion dollars from the schools. This is what you get now. Now the schools will hurt so much the profit seeking CEO's will slither on in to privatize and the big taxpayer money grab will begin.
Stacy meixner August 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Maybe the schools should learn to budget like the rest of the population and things wouldn't be so bad. Talk about wasteful spending. The schools are highest on the list for misuse of money.
A.M August 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Highest on the list for misuse of money? Maybe you should examine the expenditures and bidget before you go making comments. Anchor Bay has done a lot with the money it has.
FireBirdChick August 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Stacy -Let me know when you end up standing in the unemployment line because your company cut your job --then I can leave a rude comment about your place of work.

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