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Buffalo teachers receive layoff notices

Dozens of Buffalo teachers found out this past week they might not have a job for the new school year, the result of staffing adjustments after the budget season.

The 30-day notices went out to 63 teachers across a variety of subject areas, grade levels and schools.

It is possible the district will find spots for some of those individuals before school starts September 4. The district is still trying to fill positions for math and reading coaches. So that could create movement, and open spots, throughout the district.

The district may also receive notice that other teachers are retiring or resigning, making their position available.

“This is always a dynamic situation,” said Darren Brown, the district’s human resources administrator.

In the meantime, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore is was advising those affected  to file for unemployment.

Both Rumore and Brown said the number of notices sent is the highest it has been in recent years.

“I just think it’s heartless,” Rumore said. “Why do you have to wait until the last minute?”

“We’re kind of surprised because there was no warning on this,” he added.

- Tiffany Lankes