Five laid-off Spring Lake teachers recalled

Five of 15 teachers laid off by Spring Lake Public Schools will be called back to teach next year, Superintendent Dennis Furton said. As one of several measures to close a projected $3.1 million deficit for the 2011-12 school year, SLPS laid off 15 teachers, Furton said. Some had their hours cut back, while others were eliminated completely - equating to slightly more than 12 full-time positions being eliminated, according to Furton.
Jordan Travis
Jun 28, 2011


The school district was able to call back five teachers for all or part of their schedules because two teachers retired and another switched to a part-time schedule, Furton said.

An additional $221,000 from the state in one-time funds helped as well, Furton said. The money is intended to offset an increase in the rate the district must pay into the state retirement fund.

“When we planned our layoffs, we didn’t know anything about the aid that we would get from the state that would offset retirement costs,” Furton said.

The district typically approves more layoffs than it will need to “give itself room to move,” he said.


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