Another round of layoffs for Philadelphia school workers

The school district of Philadelphia is preparing another round of layoffs.  Letters go out Friday.

School District spokesman Fernando Gallard says the pink slips go out this time every year after school principals decide who won’t be coming back in September.

“These are layoffs that have been triggered by changes that schools are making in their personnel. So it’s school level changes most of them the majority of these layoffs are based on principals, how they are going use their resources and which individuals they are going to hire,” said Gallard.

Gallard says the people facing cuts include “individuals that help in and out the classroom, school counselors and non-teaching assistants, that is the bulk of the layoffs.”

Right now the estimate is about 290 positions, but it’s dependent on how many other people quit or retire.  Last year the district laid off about three thousand employees because of it’s budget issues

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