Fifty-seven probationary teachers - first-, second- and third-year non-tenured teachers - in the Brainerd School District may lose their jobs at the end of this school year.
The Brainerd School Board Finance Committee on Thursday agreed to recommend that the school board notify all the probationary licensed staff that their contracts will be terminated at the end of this school year and the contracts will not be renewed in the 2008-09 school year.
The committee did not release the names of those who will be terminated, but said the names will be provided at the Dec. 10 Brainerd School Board meeting.
Brainerd Superintendent Jerry Walseth said some of these probationary teachers, whose contracts will not be renewed, may be asked back depending on what programs the school board decides to cut.
Pequot Lakes Superintendent Rick Linnell (left) spoke with Brainerd Superintendent Jerry Walseth (right) while Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman looked on Thursday following the Brainerd School Board Finance Committee meeting. The committee recommended that the school board close open enrollment immediately, just as the Pequot Lakes School Board did on Nov. 19 following the Nov. 6 defeat of both the Brainerd and Crosby-Ironton school operating levy referendums.
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Walseth said the administration will analyze each individual's educational degree, expertise and their place on the seniority list.
School board member Reed Campbell said the reductions hurt and seeing 57 people lose their jobs is tough.
Board member Ruth Gmeinder said many people relocated to the Brainerd area because of their job with the school district.
Bob Nystrom, committee chair, added that those losing their jobs may end up moving out of the community.
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