June 8, 2011 in City
Spokane Public Schools recalls staff
Spokane Public Schools will recall 100 teachers and other certified staff today after the school board decided not to increase class sizes in grades K-6.
Of the 238 who initially received pink slips, 85 remain on the recall list, said Staci Vesneske, assistant superintendent. Fifty-three counselors were recalled late last month.
School officials continue to consider where cuts should be made to compensate for an estimated $6.3 million budget deficit for 2011-12. But making a decision on elementary class size leaves fewer employees wondering if they need to look for a new job.
Increasing class size in middle and high school remain a possibility, school officials said.
Community members and school employees who spoke at recent public forums regarding the district’s budget made it clear they did not want class sizes increased.