Monroe School District issues layoff notices

MONROE — The Monroe School District is cutting its budget, affecting alternative school programs the most.

On April 23, the Monroe School Board approved sending layoff notices to teachers who occupy the equivalent of 15.75 positions. The district expects to have about $928,000 less in revenue for the next school year due to declining enrollment and loss of state funding.

The district is discussing other potential cuts, representing about $1 million. The board plans to talk more first.

“Hopefully, we can restore some of these positions that were reduced,” spokeswoman Rosemary O’Neil said.

The layoffs or reductions mean $853,500 for the district in savings.

The board expects by August to approve the budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The majority of the job cuts, which are the equivalent of 12.3 positions, come from the Washington Virtual Academy, a statewide program that offers high school courses via the Internet for students enrolled in the Monroe school district.

The rest are a school psychologist, a middle school physical education teacher, an elementary school teacher and an administrator for the alternative program, Summit.

The district projects 7,125 students for the next school year. This is a decrease of 191 students; 100 of those from the Virtual Academy.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.

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