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More than 200 Kenosha teachers to lose jobs

More than 200 Kenosha teachers to lose jobs

By Michelle Richards. CREATED Apr 11, 2012

KENOSHA - The Kenosha Unified School District has announced plans to layoff 274 staff members. 

"It's a result of the district having a $28 million budget gap," said District Spokesman Gary Vaillancourt.

The district expects 209 layoffs, 21 retirements and 23 jobs to be reduced through non-renewal of one-year appointments.

Eight administrators and 13 secretaries will be eliminated.

The teachers are under contract through June of 2013.

Vaillancourt said the district tried to re-negotiate with the teachers union, but they could not come to an agreement. 

"We would have been able to save an estimated $15 million and it would have had a tremendous impact on the layoffs.  It would have reduced them significantly."

Vaillancourt said the district is saddened by the decision.

"It's really affected all jobs and people throughout the district.  In fact, it's had a tremendous impact on the community.  The community doesn't like it either," said Vaillancourt.