Faced with a severe debt, Munster schools cut jobs

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School Board Vice President wipes away tears as she announces the lay offs. Picture courtesy of John J. Watkins of The Munster Times

MUNSTER, Ind. (Jan. 16, 2015)– Faced with a $2.2 million deficit, the school district of Munster took measures Thursday night to reduce that amount when they announced layoffs for 50 non-certified teachers aides, custodians and secretaries.

Those lay offs will begin January 30.

District Superintendent Jeff Hendrix said certified staff,  including teachers and administrators,  may also face layoffs but by law teachers cannot be notified of a reduction in force until May 2015.

The State’s school-funding formula for the deficit is being blamed for the deficit. Hendrix says Munster schools received less than the state average of about $5,800 per pupil.

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