GHAPS recalls laid-off teachers

Due to a changing financial picture for the 2013-14 school year, Grand Haven Area Public Schools is recalling all 10 of the teachers who were laid off in June due to budget issues.
Tribune Staff
Aug 1, 2013


"We are so pleased that the current budget numbers afford us the opportunity to bring back these quality staff members," GHAPS Superintendent Keith Konarska said. "Our goal each year is to keep staff employed."

Konarska says that district staff continued to identify efficiencies away from the classroom, had additional staff retirements, received increased revenue reimbursements for special programming, and learned the full implementation of the Federal Affordable Care Act is delayed for another year.

"All of these factors came into play after the school board approved the 2013-2014 budget and subsequent efficiencies the end of June," Konarska added. "In addition, we are experiencing strong enrollment this summer, which will impact our budget for next year as well."

Assistant Superintendent of Human Services Scott Grimes said that he is actually expecting to do some hiring before the school year begins.

"It does appear that we are going to have to fill some positions at various levels," Grimes added.

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