Many Schools Call Teachers Back

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

Many Ingham County teachers will come back to work for the upcoming school year, though some may not be in the same capacity.

"A lot of our staff was notified that there could be changes."

Waverly Schools Superintendent Tom Pillar says two teachers were laid off and called back to their jobs but others will be teaching different subjects or grade levels.

"That can be disruptive," he said. "And there were a number of changes based on changing enrollment and stuff like that."

In fact, Waverly will lose about 100 students for this year. The district compensated by offering early retirement incentives to teachers. Ten took the 2-year $25,000 offer, eliminating the need for layoffs. The same can be said in East Lansing.

"We did have a few more retire this year through our retirement incentive," said Superintendent Dave Chapin.

Twenty-one teachers took the district's three-year $30,000 buyout. Sixteen were hired to replace them and East Lansing's superintendent hopes they can still fill the remaining five spots.

"We're hoping that through enrollment there'll be a little increase."

Of the remaining 10 districts in Ingham County seven will have the same staffing while Okemos loses two positions and Lansing 27. Holt will add new teachers for '07-'08.

But with only one district expanding, lobbyists are fearful the students will lose out.

"We're not seeing the expansion of programs that are more critical now based on high school graduation requirements<' said Michigan Education Association President Iris Salters. "We need to have expanded resources for our students."

Those resources could come this fall when state lawmakers pass a budget, but Ingham County schools won't be counting on it.

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