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Dearborn Public Schools Avoid Mid-Year Layoffs

A combination of retirements and substitute teacher savings allowed the district to close a $1.1 million budget gap.

Planned mid-year layoffs of instructional staff in Dearborn Public Schools have been dodged, the Dearborn Board of Education announced Monday at its board meeting.

A combination of shortfalls in funding and missed Best Practices funds from the state had left the district with a $5.5 million budget gap in November. Rainy day funds, pension contribution reductions, and the implementation of Schools of Choice made up for the majority of that gap. However, the district predicted that $1.1 million of the deficit would have to be made up with teacher layoffs.

Those cuts were expected to be announced at Monday night's meeting. Instead, Superintendent Brian Whiston announced that several mid-year retirements, coupled with cuts in planned spending for substitute teachers, made up for the deficit.

Board Trustee Mary Lane asked, however, that teachers help to keep substitute spending low.

"Most of us feel that it's better to not lay off people and take the savings from substitutes," Lane said. "People are entitled to their days off, but if teachers and staff can assist, it will be greatly appreciated."

It had been expected that around 20 teachers would be let go.

The Schools of Choice move also was able to earn the district $52 per pupil of state funding for meeting seven of eight best practices identified by the state.

Schools of Choice was implemented at Nowlin Elementary School, with six spots opened in their kindergarten class this month. However, as of Monday, only one family had applied for an open spot for their child.

AbuHak January 17, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I would like to see some data on the proportion of administration staff to students and teachers to students in the district. I remember a study by Plante & Moran a few years back that stated Dearborn had one of the largest number of administrators when compared to similar districts. It always appears to be the teachers taking the hits. I heard that each principal told their staff they didn't have enough money for substitutes on Mondays and Fridays and that they would need to call their principal at his personal phone if they were to be out during this time. Another problem with DPS is they hire a lot of newly wed women who immediately have children and take the family care off missing months of school. I had a nephew at Fordson who had two of his teachers out with pregnancies for half of the semester. Upon returning, one of them then missed half a semester the following year with another pregnancy.
Karen F. January 19, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Cutting back on the use of substitutes may help the district, but what if you are the substitute? There was a time when work would be available every day. Now, there is nothing available and I have little incentive to even check the schedule. This was once a good way to earn extra money and still be around for your children when needed.
Ali Bazzi January 20, 2013 at 03:07 AM
AbuHak! Do you know if that's true for all of the schools or just the high school? And how would those on call subs get paid? When will this process start?

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