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Quincy Public School District lays off 13 paraeducators

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The Quincy Public School District is laying off 13 employees. This marks the fifth straight year for budget cuts and employee layoffs.

Interim superintendent Joel Murphy says 13 paraeducators received pink slips Monday afternoon, affecting nine schools across the district.

Quincy Senior High will lose two paraeducators, Quincy Junior High will lose one paraeducator. Monroe Elementary, Madison Elementary, Adams Elementary, Ellington Elementary, and Washington Elementary will all also lose one paraeducator.

The Early Childhood Center will also lose one paraeducator.

Baldwin is the hardest hit, where four paraeducators won't return next year.

Murphy says all of the paraeducators were first year employees-- with many of them working individually with special needs students.

"It's a review of the students and what the student needs are, we may be adding some of those paras back, we may assign different duties to the paras that we currently have, so at this point I can't what they are going to do or how they will do things differently or not," said Murphy.

However, Murphy says there is a bright side.

"We're not doing the major cuts like we've done in the past, I think we've got a handle on our staffing, a handle where we're at budgetary wise, so it's not something we're having to go through and make major cuts," said Murphy.

Murphy also says 21 teachers are retiring, and as of now the district is considering not re-hiring to fill five of those positions, which Murphy says could lead to bigger class sizes.

However, Murphy says a final decision won't be made until the end of the school year.

The Quincy School Board is set to vote on other budget cuts at Wednesday's meeting.

 

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