Seven Nicolet teachers to receive final layoff notices

May 28, 2010

Seven Nicolet High School teachers will receive final layoff notices today.

The School Board this morning approved layoffs as an audience of about 30 teachers, students and parents watched and listened. Eleven staff members were issued preliminary notices in April, but District Administrator Rick Monroe said additional trimming of the budget allowed the district to keep those positions.

Although seven teachers received the notices, the layoffs represent 3.8 full-time equivalents. Most teachers are seeing a reduction in their teaching hours instead of losing their jobs.

Monroe and Glendale-River Hills District Administrator Larry Smalley have worked out a job-sharing arrangement in which a math teacher losing a full-time position at Nicolet will be shared with Glen Hills Middle School. He will retain a 0.2 position at Nicolet and work a 0.9 position at Glen Hills. Monroe said a similar arrangement will be offered to a guidance counselor at Nicolet who is going from full time to half time, but will be able to take a half time position at Parkway Elementary School if desired.

Monroe said it is possible that teachers issued final layoff notices will be called back once the district settles contracts with its three unions. The School Board and teachers union representatives met in a mediation session that lasted until 1 a.m. today.

Some progress was made in the session, but neither side would give any details.

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