New Haven school officials discuss budget amid layoffs

School officials discussed budget issues in New Haven amid layoffs. (WFSB)

The first day of school for students and staff in New Haven is almost here.

However, there's some uncertainty going into the school year because dozens of full-time employees received layoff notices at the end of last month.

An update on the budget was provided on Friday morning at Wilbur Cross High School.

A news conference happened at 10:30 a.m.

City and school officials were present.

The district is facing a $19 million deficit.

School officials said it has led to tough decisions.

At the end of July, official layoff notices went out to 36 full-time employees within the New Haven Public School System.

The layoffs involved 17 school counselors, nine teachers, six library media specialists and four positions within the physical education department.

While the notices were released and would go into effect at the end of August, employees would have a two year call-back window.

The cuts would also need to be approved by the Board of Education.

As for the 1,100 part-time employees who received layoff notices in June, the city's superintendent sent out a letter rescinding them.

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