MPS Board votes to lay off nearly 300 employees

File photo: A teacher reads to her students.
File photo: A teacher reads to her students.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County School Board has voted to layoff approximately 270 non-tenured teachers. The cuts are part of the system's plan to deal with a major budget gap.

The Board has already approved the closure of eight schools, and many students and teachers are to moved to other schools in a rezoning plan.

The school system faces a multi-million budget deficit - possibly as high as $12 million, though exact figures are not known - and the loss of $4.5 million in state funds due to proration.

The Board also voted to accept $15 million in bond money from the federal government in the form of a QSCB or Qualified School Construction Bond. The money will be used to help help pay for a new high school in east Montgomery. The county and city have also agreed to help repay some of the money over a period of several years.

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