Lay-offs for Benton Harbor Teachers

According to our reporting partners at WSJM, 27 Benton Harbor area school teachers are on the chopping block as the district looks to trim its budget.

School officials say shrinking classes and cuts in state aid for next year are forcing their hand on the issue.

Those teachers are expected to lose their jobs by this fall.

The head of human relations for the district says some may be recalled before the school year starts if enrollment goes higher than they expect.

The district will give 60 days notice to teachers to allow them time to find another job, if they do not want to wait to see if they will be recalled next year.

The cuts are aimed at saving money in light of expected cuts in the state budget that will hit Michigan schools hard.

In fact, the district is currently borrowing one million dollars to cover any cut in state aid for the remainder of this year.

The budget cuts and teacher lay-offs are not the only big changes going on right now for Benton Harbor schools.

The district is still searching for a new superintendent to replace Paula Dawning who steps down this June.

Schools officials say they have gotten six applications, so far and there are still eight days left until interviews start.

Officials say they expect to receive several more applications in the final days.

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