NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Dozens of Norfolk educators received letters Friday informingthem they could be losing their jobs.
Norfolk Public Schools Spokesperson Elizabeth Mather said it ispart of the "budget process." She said nearly 400 positions were upfor elimination.
Most cases were handled through attrition and retirement, but70-80 positions remained. Those teachers and support staff memberswere notified by letter Friday.
Mather said if the employee is qualified and licensed in anotherarea, they may be able to find a new job somewhere else in theschool system.
"I think it's terrible," said parent Robert Outram. "It'simportant that the school be fully funded and have the tools thatare necessary."
"You have to raise taxes or you're going to have a bleakfuture," he continued.
This is the kind of parental support Marian Flickinger, NorfolkFederation of Teachers president says she would like to see yearround.
"Perhaps in the next budget cycle we could get a larger part ofthe community to be involved in lobbying the Norfolk city councilfor funding for our schools," said Flickinger.
"In the nearly 30 years I've done this job we're in the worstfinancial situation that we've ever been in," she continued.
Norfolk school officials said they did not know which schoolswould be losing teachers and staff.
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