15 Neshaminy Teachers May Lose Their Jobs
Due to budget cuts, 15 Neshaminy teachers may lose their jobs.
In the past several Neshaminy School Board meetings, Superintendent Louis Muenker has made budget cut suggestions to the board ranging from eliminating the district's alternative school, The Learning Center, to forgoing purchases.
School Board President Ritchie Webb confirmed to Patch that a number of teaching positions could be eliminated should the board accept Muenker's suggestions.
Webb said that the school district notified 15 district employees Friday that they will not be offered employment for the next school year due to budget cuts.
"There is no easy way to lay off an employee, however, most would agree that it is kinder to notify those employees now, rather than at a board meeting," Webb said, noting that nothing is permanent until voted on by the board.
At a previous school board meeting, Muenker announced that the district could save approximately $1.4 million.
Should the school board move forward with eliminating The Learning Center, it would be replaced with an expansion of a state-approved Ombudsman program on the high school campus. With this program, Muenker said that, under the direction of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, the district would shift Neshaminy students involved in the district's other alternative programs to the Ombudsman program.
The school board will consider furloughing and demoting certified staffing positions at Tuesday's school board meeting.
According to PhillyBurbs, most of the teachers who received the notices are part of the The Learning Center, while the others are middle school employees.