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District to Pink Slip 48 Teachers

As part of budgetary measures to be discussed at the Dearborn School Board meeting Monday night, 48 teachers could be cut from the district’s roster.

Forty-eight teachers and two non-instructional staff members will be sidelined from the classroom if a measure to lay them off is approved by the Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education Monday night.

According to the agenda released by schools officials Monday morning, the district is seeking to lay off teachers at several of its facilities that teach virtually all subjects. The layoffs are under way because of “budget constraints for the 2011-2012 school year, and due to the reappointment of teachers returning from leaves of absence, in accordance with the agreement between the Dearborn Board of Education and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers.”

The layoffs, if approved, will be effective June 30–the date by which the district must submit a balanced budget to the State of Michigan.

The board is also expected to discuss other facets of its budget at Monday night’s meeting.

In May, the district and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers, which represents 1,200 teachers, in which teachers accepted a new, fixed-cost benefits system and agreed to take pay cuts of up to 7 percent.

Prior to the agreement, the district was facing a $22 million shortfall for the 2011-12 school year, which was reduced to about $3 million after the deal was inked.

DFT representatives were not immediately available for comment.

The meeting will take place at the district’s Administrative Services Center at 7 p.m. Monday night, located at 18700 Audette.

Here is a list of all 48 teachers set to be laid off:

Name School Position

Agemy, Dawn

Bryant/Stout

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Alaouieh, Saada

Salina Elementary

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Altahif, Eiman

Salina Elementary

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Astfalk, Jennifer

Howe

Departmental Occupational Therapist

Aun, Ndieh

McDonald

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Bahena, Lynn

Edsel Ford

Mathematics Teacher

Bazzi, Mohamed T.

Fordson

Economics/Government Teacher

Bazzi, Nicole

McCollough/Unis

Oral Language Teacher

Berry, Mariam

Becker

Enrichment Teacher

Bescoe, Erin

McCollough/Unis

Elementary Teacher

Brown, Martin

Bryant

Mathematics/Language Arts Teacher

Cibasek, Kelly

Haigh

Elementary Teacher

Elder, Ameena

William Ford

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Faraj, Hanaa

Maples

Elementary Teacher

Gutierrez, Elizabeth

Geer Park

Elementary Teacher

Hamka, Hala

Fordson

Government Teacher

Hammoud, Ahmed

Fordson

Industrial Arts Teacher

Hamstra, Christine

Howe

Departmental Physical Therapist

Harb, Diana

William Ford

Elementary Teacher

Hassna, Rana

Stout

Science Teacher

Hill, Angela

Maples

Elementary Teacher

Hmayed, Nancy

Dearborn

History Teacher

Ilayan, Nada

McDonald

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Isham, Angela

McDonald

Elementary Teacher

Keimig, Elizabeth

William Ford

Elementary Teacher

Klawender, Norman

Dearborn

Mathematics Teacher

Kolin, Kristina

Salina Elementary

Departmental GRSP Teacher

Kubicek, Mary

Woodworth

Language Arts Teacher

Layson, Jennifer

Stout

Physical Education Teacher

Lytle, Kendra

Fordson

Mathematics Teacher

Mehrhof, Kandi-Kay

Nowlin

Elementary Teacher

Moslimani, Alexandria

McCollough/Unis

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Mozham, Diebh

Henry Ford

Elementary Teacher

Murray, Robert

Dearborn

Social Studies Teacher

Naura, Eman

Michael Berry Career Center

Social Studies Teacher

Polgar, Juliann

Howe

Montessori Teacher

Qasem, Ramiah

Miller

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Quine, Eric

Stout

Physical Education Teacher

Rednic, Carmen

Fordson

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Riggs, Michael

Michael Berry Career Center

Social Studies Teacher

Saleh, Lila

Fordson

Language Arts Teacher

Schleif, Matthew

Edsel Ford

Social Studies Teacher

Stegner, Amanda

Snow

Elementary Teacher

Tawile, Jean-Michel

Bryant

English/Social Studies Teacher

Vertregt, Alison

McDonald

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Vigilante, Michael

Bryant

Physical Education Teacher

Williams, Jennifer

Dearborn

Art Teacher

Zandani, Kadygh

Fordson

Departmental Bilingual Teacher

Watch Dearborn Patch Monday night for updates on this story from the Board of Education meeting.

Frank Lee June 13, 2011 at 06:38 PM
This is great. Lay off more teachers, create even bigger class sizes, and create an environment that is already stressed completely broken. Where are the priorities of our elected leaders, school board, and our teachers. This is not a situation that happened overnight and each person involved in making educational decisions for our children has to look beyond their own political self interest. Instead each faction is doubling down on their own failed rhetoric. The children will pay the price and in the end society will suffer.
Lee Jacobsen June 13, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Frank, you are on a roll....in addition, the teachers let go will probably be the better ones, as layoffs are dictated by seniority and not based on 'merit'. With less teachers, are any administrative surplus staff on the chopping block as well? Parents need to be more involved, and there should be penalties for disruptive behavior in class by their children. I know the law requires society to teach our kids up to the age of 16, which is why private schools have an advantage, if the kid 'acts up' too many times, they are kicked out. Can't kick out a public school kid troublemaker, nor lift a hand to them, but it does not prevent innovative administration to isolate them to 'troublemaker' classes, where teachers who are just 'coasting' until retirement can be put to use 'babysitting'. This concept works in other states. Here is a site that discusses the issue from the union and charter school sides. http://mikeblake-myopinions.blogspot.com/2010/05/state-teachers-union-attacks-charter.html My guess is that the teachers won't be laid off after all. Odd ball costs such as 'justification ' allowances and other equally antique expenses will be finally purged from the budget to pay for the teachers. In the end, the parents are responsible for their kids and should have the power, with their state voucher money, to shop for the best schools. Schools will have to 'compete' for students, and competition means efficiency, something the govt badly needs.
Yolanda travis July 22, 2011 at 05:20 AM
Kandi mehrhof was one of best teachers in dearborn district that is terrible to let her go ..the children at Nowlin need her she was even voted best teacher by one of her students how could you do this !!!! Bring her back !!!!

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