BALTIMORE (WJZ) — 115 Baltimore City Public Schools staff members are being notified Thursday that they will be laid off, for the first time in a decade as the school system try to balance a 1.3 billion-dollar budget for next year.
Only 13 classroom teachers were among the layoffs, with 32 of the staff members working in the district and the remaining 68 in non-teaching positions among 83 schools.
The original budget cuts considered laying off over 1,000 employees, but officials were able to get that number down to 115. School district officials say guidance counselors and librarians were the ones cut.
Thursday, the 115 were met in the classrooms and offices, handed a green folder, offered counseling and told they’d be let go.