LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Just one day after Jefferson County Public Schools officials announced plans to layoff dozens of teachers, a list of impacted staff and school buildings has surfaced.
More than 30 school buildings will be impacted if the district follows through with plans to layoff 41 teachers, and reposition 114 others currently placed on an overstaffed list. Employees on the overstaffed list will likely return to work next fall but serve in different positions.
Hardest hit by the layoffs are Iroquois High School and Ramsey Middle School. Both institutions is slated to lose three staff members each following the cuts. Moore Traditional High School, Kammerer and Knight middle schools follow with each expected to lose two teachers to the layoffs.
District officials blame the cuts on a struggling budget made worse by less state and federal funding. They also cite a decrease in special needs students. As such, half of the 41 teachers on the chopping block are exceptional child education (ECE) instructors that work closely with special needs students.
"We don't have the need for as many special needs teachers as we have in the past," said Tiffeny Gerstner, JCPS Director of Administrator Recruitment & Development. "Teachers are meeting the individual needs of students to get them on grade level before we have to identify them as special needs."
Despite the layoffs, Gerstner said students would not be under served in the classroom.
"We will always make certain we have the correct number of teachers for the correct number of students that we have," said Gerstner. "In fact, that's what dictates the number of teachers that we need."
The following schools will lose staff to the layoffs:
Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children
Byck Elementary School
Central High Magnet Career Academy
Crums Lane Elementary
Dawson Orman Early Childhood Education Center
Farnsley Middle School
Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North
Iroquois High Magnet Career Academy
Jacob Elementary School
Jeffersontown High School
Johnsontown Road Elementary
Kammerer Middle School
Knight Middle School
Louisville Day Treatment Center
Mayme S Waggener Traditional High School
McFerran Preparatory Academy
Mill Creek Elementary
Moore Traditional High School
Ramsey Middle School
Seneca High Magnet Career Academy
Shawnee High Magnet Career Academy
St Matthews Elementary
Stuart Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Valley High School
Western High School
Westport Middle School
To view the complete list of teachers affected, click here.
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