59 jobs cut from Pittsburgh Public Schools, with more on the way

Jul 28, 2011 by

 

 

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board voted Wednesday night to cut 59 district employees, including 31 teachers, through a mix of furloughs and layoffs and could vote next month to pare approximately 40 additional staff.

The job cuts, aimed at confronting a gaping budget shortfall and ongoing enrollment declines, were approved by an 8-0 vote. Board member Mark Brentley Sr. did not attend.

The areas affected by the job losses include career and technical education, art and French, as well as early childhood education, district officials said.

The vote and the potential job cuts looming as soon as next month are in addition to 217 positions already cut by the board in June. Those reductions included 147 layoffs and furloughs that touched both central office employees and operational support staff across the district of nearly 26,000 students.

Superintendent Linda Lane said it’s hoped that no additional employee reductions will occur through the upcoming school year. But she said still bigger job losses may lie further on the horizon, noting that cost-cutting efforts to date have pared only about $20 million from a budget shortfall that could reach $68 million by the end of next year.

‘It’s possible [that] this is not the worst” of the workforce reductions, she said.

A cut of more than $3 million in block-grant funding forced reductions in early childhood education programs, including closure of 15 of the 101 classrooms across the district.

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