Hundreds of CCSD Teacher Jobs to be Saved - 8 News NOW

Hundreds of CCSD Teacher Jobs to be Saved

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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County schools are getting $250 million dollars more than originally thought which means the district will be able to maintain smaller class sizes and keep about 1,000 teaching positions. Originally, the district was looking at eliminating 1,800 teachers.

Even with the additional state money, there will still be a $150 million shortfall so some cuts will go forward.

"It's clearly a priority to fund schools first, so we're adding back school-based staff like teachers, which is our mission, and the other things, while painful, we'll probably have to continue to sacrifice there," said Jeff Weiler, CFO for CCSD.

The district has already laid off 600 administrators and staff at the central office plus 1,000 teachers. The head of human resources tells 8 News NOW that some of those teachers will get their jobs back but it'll be based on seniority and what positions are available at what schools. The textbook budget will still be sliced in half but counselors and specialists will not lose their jobs.

The district is also counting on the four unions to make concessions like pay cuts and higher insurance contributions which isn't sitting well with the teachers union.

"Consequently, teachers are being asked to pay for the district's mistakes and, at this point in time, my teachers are telling me 'No, I'm not going to pay for the district's mistakes,'" said Ruben Murillo, CCEA president.

The unions that represent the teachers, administrators, support staff and school police will bargain their contracts. Each will have a different contract based on the number of employees and how much the district needs them to cut.

Currently, CCSD leaders have built in more than $50 million in union concessions. If the unions can make that number, district leaders say it will mean layoffs to make up the difference.

 

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