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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