Columbus Teachers In Shock by Layoffs

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Dozens of Columbus Public School Teachers targeted for layoffs met last night to find out what the district owes them in benefits. Many of them are still in shock about losing their jobs.

After nearly 30 years in education, teacher Bucky Walters won’t have a job at Linden McKinley Stem Academy after this school year. For the past 10 years, Walters worked in the Columbus district as a health teacher. “I’m stunned I’ve been teaching 29 years, 10 in the district and because I don’t have dual certification they say I get laid off. I can’t believe it,” said Walters.

Walters came to the meeting to find out if there was any hope for his job. He doesn’t think so.

“I think most other teachers will get rehired. I don’t think I’m one of those people unfortunately,” said Walters.

Teacher Dawn Ayres is worried about how she’ll pay the bills. She taught health for 10 years at Northland High School.

“They don’t pay us enough for me to have a very large savings account. I’m a single mom so I’m just trusting something will come up for me that will be even better than what I’ve had for the past 10 years,” said Ayres.

Ayres says she may shift to a nursing career.

First year music teacher, Jamie Henderson plans to stay in education.

“Because I believe in education and I have passion for what I do,” said Henderson.

The administration says the layoff of 113 teachers comes after taking into account teachers who will retire and resign at the end of the school year. The district also projects losing 2500 students in the district for next year and wants to keep its promise to save money since the last levy was passed.

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