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CMS Tells Employees Lay-Off Notices Are On The Way

CMS plans to begin sending out lay-off notices soon to teachers and other district employees. CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman sent an email to all of the district's 18,000 employees yesterday to let them know lay-off notices will soon be going out. Next year's budget is far from finalized. The county and state must still decide how much to give CMS. But Gorman has planned for a $100 million budget cut. Under his plan, that would mean cutting 1,500 jobs, including 600 teachers. "In earlier years, we have been able to rescind some of the letters to teachers and other employees when our funding exceeded our estimates," says Gorman's email. "We hope that will be the case this year. But we won't know for a while." Last year CMS laid off 580 teachers, but called back about a quarter of them before the school year began. State law requires CMS to notify all employees of lay-offs by May 15th. But the district won't know how much money it has to work with for sure until the state approves a budget at the end of June. The school board will decide on a budget May 13th. The board is holding a public hearing on the budget at its meeting tonight at 6 o'clock.