60 Durham teachers dodge layoffs

June 11, 2009 

Durham Public Schools system has found jobs for all but 22 probationary teachers scheduled to be laid off by budget cuts.

"There were 82 probationary teachers [being] laid off, and of those 82, we were able to match up approximately 60 with a position as of today," said Jackie Ellis, assistant superintendent of human resource services.

The district had about 120 vacant job positions that teachers could apply for, as well as 61 academic coaching jobs funded with federal stimulus money.

Teachers with tenure were moved into new positions. The other vacancies were filled on the basis ofcertification. The 22 teachers still without jobs teach elementary school and are not certified for the high school positions available.

The district has until Monday to fill any remaining positions. With the state budget still undecided, Ellis said, it's possible more cuts may be needed. If that were to happen, the school board and the superintendent would decide whether to lay off teachers based on seniority, programs or other criteria.

"Career teachers will be protected the most," Ellis said.

Staff writer Alicia Banks

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