MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We now know how many pink slips have been handed out, as of Friday, to Montgomery Public Schools teachers.
The school system says 176 non-renewals, or pink slips, have been issued. The act of pink-slipping some educators is not out of the ordinary. It happens at the end of every school year.
Michael Sibley, a spokesman for the Alabama State Department of Education, said Thursday that yearend pink slips are "pretty common" as systems work to get their budgets in order for the upcoming year. He added that "most are picked back up once some budgetary issues are resolved."
MPS says educators will be impacted at every school in the system, though a breakdown of the numbers by the individual schools has not been provided.
The state education department, which is intervening in the system due to financial difficulties and poor student performance, has slated four schools to close. Those include Chisholm Elementary, Dozier Elementary, Floyd Elementary, and Georgia Washington Middle School.
Each building is up for sale but only Georgia Washington has an expected buyer, nearby Pike Road Schools. The sale for nearly $10 million would pump much-needed funds into the troubled MPS system and save some teachers from being laid off. Without the sale, it was estimated MPS would have to slash upwards of 600 positions.
In addition to teachers being affected, the state has previously confirmed cuts will be made to central office staffing numbers.
MPS officials provided a copy of a generic non-renewal letter, which looks like this: