MPS school board finalizes teacher cuts at board meeting

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During the Montgomery County Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the board will be making some difficult but necessary decisions to combat its nearly $10 million deficit.

At the meeting, the board voted 6-1 to hire Attorney Alan Zeigler as its tax referendum consultant. The board will pay Zeigler $450 an hour for his services.

The board also came up with a list of names of about 140 MPS teachers and employees to lay off before next school year. At the board’s last meeting on May 7, it approved to cut roughly 140 teachers and other staff members to save the school system money.

“We looked at positions and what most folks would call seniority. The last ones hired with the least amount of seniority would be in that group,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore.

The board approved the list of names in a 4-3 vote. Attrition and retirement was factored into those numbers. The employees who will be let go will be notified no later than the end of the school year, which is on May 24, but some employees could be notified as early as Wednesday.

Moore said the above mentioned cuts will save the school system approximately $12.7 million.

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