6 teachers laid off in La Crosse school district

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)-6 teachers are being laid off from the La Crosse school district to balance the 3.1 million dollar deficit.

Due to budget constraints more than 15 positions are being cut from the next school year, 6 of them are current teachers.

“They’ve become family. It’s so hard to turn to them 9 months later and say our budget just doesn’t allow for this,” said Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Steve Salerno.

6 teachers have been cut ,and 9 other positions will be left vacant.

Associate Superintendent Steve Salerno said due to Act 10, the teachers weren’t allowed to make any decisions in the matter.

Instead, the district tried to work around the law. Salerno held meetings with the teachers to get their opinions and thoughts before he and the administration made the final decision of who, and where the cuts would be made.

“I can’t bargain with them, but I can meet and confirm with them. We are making big changes in our district as a result of what came from Act 10,” said Salerno.

Republican party spokesman Julian Bradley sympathizes with the teachers, but points out it’s not just education getting hit hard.

“Education isn’t the only place that there are cuts, cuts are across the budget. Education is just where we spend a majority of the money, so they feel a majority of the cuts,” said Bradley.

The Logan High is going to be the hardest hit. They are losing three full time teachers; a math teacher, a Spanish teacher, and a technology education teacher.

Other lay offs include a part-time Spanish teacher at Longfellow Middle School, and two part-time preschool teachers.

63 teachers are retiring from the school district. Salerno said the number retiring is up, but that it was to be expected.

“Last year and this year you are seeing double the amount of teachers that would normally retire,” said President of La Crosse Education Association, Ed Ludwig.

The school district will be hiring 40 new jobs for next year to make up for the vacancies.

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  • by Go Wisconsin on May 28, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    How is having govt employees pay a portion of their health care and retirement benefits an "ATTACK"??! I guess all of us non-govt workers have been under "attack" all our working lives...
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      by Bob on May 29, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to Go Wisconsin
      The "ATTACK" was stripping away collective bargaining rights after workers already agreed to the benefit/pay cuts. Besides, everybody pays 100% of health care and retirement benefits because its part of what we EARN working for our employers. If your employer pays a portion of your health care and retirement, do you think it's all for free? If so, quit your job and see if your 'benefits' continue. Use your God given 'tools' to figure out the truth here. Govt employees were not getting free benefits. They worked for them just like we all do. Benefits are part of our total pay packages. Some jobs have better benefits and less take home pay, others more take home pay and less benefits. If you want more benefits, tell your employer that you are willing to take a cut in take home pay to get them... then you'll be just like the govt workers you seem to be so envious of.
      • reply
        by Go WI on May 29, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to Bob
        Funny part is for years the 'employee contribution' for retirement as a state employee was not actually an employee contribution. Walker fixed it.
        • reply
          by Bob on May 30, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to Go WI
          Why don't you call it what it actually is? Employer contributions to any retirement fund (WRS for state workers or 401k for you) are still considered part of one's TOTAL PAY package. Employees EARN 100% of it by doing the work requested by the employer. Transferring retirement contributions from the employer to the employee's take home pay = LESS TAKE HOME PAY. Walker didn't fix anything; he just forced state workers to take a PAY CUT! What's funny is how he lied to everyone about it. Why not call it what it actually is; A PAY CUT?
  • by N on May 28, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    I am petitioning to Recall Santa Claus, I did not get what I wanted for Christmas.
    • reply
      by Santa on May 28, 2012 at 07:24 PM in reply to N
      Look, you were on my 'naughty list'; you got the pieces of coal that you deserved. Quit bashing unions and teachers and start contributing to society in a positive way and maybe you'll make it to the 'good list'. Until then, you'll never get what you want. Signed, Santa
      • reply
        by Eau Really on May 29, 2012 at 09:01 AM in reply to Santa
        Santa, it's no surprise you side with the teachers. You only work 1 day a year and have 364 days of summer vacation and your job is "all about the kids".
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
    How are the demographics of the La Crosse School District changing? What will the teacher/student ratio be after these cuts? For you politically charged commentators on here, you sound like you are losing your mind and sound ridiculous to the rest of us. Yes, it's unfortunate when anyone loses their job, but we have to remember that even if the budget was not part of the picture, and the school didn't need as much staff going forward, people would still complain about laying off or not filling these positions.
  • by scott Location: eau claire on May 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    prove it dans, now.
  • by Grizz Location: Samp. on May 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Bob- get a clue- the public ultimatly decides who to believe. We are smart enough to sort through the information and see the WEAC propaganda is just plain wrong.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 06:23 PM in reply to Grizz
      Is Weac's propoganda really any different than that of the politicians?
    • reply
      by Bob on May 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM in reply to Grizz
      You need to get a clue! We didn't hear from WEAC until AFTER bully Walker 'dropped the bomb' and attacked public workers and teachers.
      • reply
        by Eau Really on May 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM in reply to Bob
        So just because some people didn't know about how the system works means they can't have an opinion on it once they find out?
  • by Ryan on May 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
    The Eau Claire School District is hiring more teachers. Their budget is great. They have money for repairs, technology, AND electric signs! Some districts need to look at how Eau Claire budgets.
    • reply
      by But on May 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to Ryan
      what is the student teacher ration which is the most important part of effective education. More armchair educator comments again.
      • reply
        by Eau Really on May 29, 2012 at 08:56 AM in reply to But
        Then why do places like Japan and India, where they have up to 50 kids in a class, so routinely out score American kids on tests when we only have 22 kids in a class?
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          by More Armchair on May 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM in reply to Eau Really
          educator comments, have you ever seen a classroom in those areas online and seen the interviews of the parents and students compared to the US kids. US kids in general do not have NEARLY the value on education and behavior compared to these countries. Especially in urban and rural areas. So please no more armchair educator comments.
    • reply
      by Tom on May 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM in reply to Ryan
      EC is taxed at one of the highest rates in the state-
  • by Bob on May 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    Since when did we start believing politicians over teachers?
    • reply
      by Anon. on May 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM in reply to Bob
      You are so right.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM in reply to Bob
      Since people were all of the sudden TOLD to. Thanks Mr. "brown bag".
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2012 at 03:27 AM
    “They’ve become family. It’s so hard to turn to them 9 months later and say our budget just doesn’t allow for this,” said Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Steve Salerno. But not hard enough for you to take a pay cut instead, Salerno.
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      by Anonymous on May 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM in reply to
      How about signifcant pay cuts start with the politicians who far from work a full year? They would be leading by example.
  • by Allison on May 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
    We need to stop over funding education and government in general. As Thomas Jefferson said A government that's too large threatens the PEOPLE. Wisconsin people can best decide where to spend their own money.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to Allison
      If there is a place to over spend in government...wouldn't education be the one?? Funding two wars never got a peep from "fiscal conservatives". Funny.....
      • reply
        by Eau Really on May 29, 2012 at 08:52 AM in reply to
        So you are totally on board with overspending?
    • reply
      by Yeah on May 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to Allison
      allison and it will be on welfare and the judicary system for an uneducated society.
  • by Grizz Location: Samp. on May 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    Most teachers are good people- hard working and caring- however the WEAC techers union has ruined the profession by encouraging lazy and uncaring teachers to do less work for more money. Alot more money and alot less work.
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      by Walker on May 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM in reply to Grizz
      has reversed that and made a lot more work for a lot less money. good luck finding quality teachers, AKA Debbie Tackman
      • reply
        by Eau Really on May 29, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to Walker
        Even a teacher like Ms Tackman can be replaced. The school isn't going to close because she's gone.
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