BRIDGEPORT — Nine city teachers are expected to lose their jobs this summer, district officials said Tuesday.
The nine include three teachers of business education, four in family consumer science and two world languages. Officials would not say the length of service of the individuals who will get termination letters.
Another two elementary school teachers have yet to be given assignments for the fall, but Dan Cochran, interim director of human resources for the district, said it is expected the district will have jobs for them by the time school starts.
“We think that number is pretty minuscule,” Interim Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas said Tuesday of the cuts.“A pretty small number.”
District wide, there are 1,523 budgeted teaching positions, according to Vallas.
A month ago, 76 teachers received letters telling them that they were in “excess,” meaning they were teaching in positions that are not part of the districts 2012-13 operating budget of $225.2 million. This year the budget was built so that all schools were staffed uniformly based on size and need. That led to a number of staff having to relocated based on openings.
Along with the excess positions, however, the district had 43 vacancies _ caused by retirements or teachers who left the district _ in budgeted positions. The past month has been spent trying to match “excess” teachers into vacant positions. In some cases, senior staff who got “excess” notices were able to bump teachers with lesser seniority.
“The reason we held off for so long is that we wanted to exhaust all possibilities,” said Cochran. He said there is still at least one individual slated to be laid off that may be qualified for one of the vacancies.
Vallas said principals will be notified on July 5 of their staffs. They can then begin the process of filling remaining vacancies. Vallas suggested his office is also poised to reassign some principals and assistant principals. He was not prepared to say which ones.
The district has already cut, or shifted to the city, about 50 central office positions. Some retired or returned to teaching. One resigned.