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New Haven School District Rescinds Some Layoff Notices

The New Haven public school districts has rescinded layoff notices sent to some part-time employees earlier this year.

In June, 1,100 part-time New Haven public school employees received layoff notices. At the time, city officials said it was possible some of them might be rehired after officials look into adjusting job descriptions after summer vacation. The layoffs were a cost-cutting measure. The district is wrestling with a $19 million deficit.

The New Haven Board of Education was startled and upset when they learned of the notices.

In follow-up letters sent this month, Supt. Carol Birks rescinded at least some of those notices.

”It was never my intention to create any confusion or frustration in regards to your part-time employment status with New Haven Public Schools. Therefore, I would like to rescind the letter that you received dated June 22, 2018.”

The letter went on to say “As is the case every year, administrators and human resource team are identifying essential part-time positions that align with federal, national and state accountability indicators to support our District and School Improvement efforts. This year job descriptions will be updated or changed to meet those requirements.”

It was not immediately clear how many of the employees who originally received notice have had their jobs secured. NBC Connecticut did reach out to the school district and the school board, but officials were not available for interview Wednesday night.

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