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Some Buffalo teacher layoffs rescinded

The Buffalo School Board met twice last week but wanted to meet again to take up the issue of reinstating the 104 teachers who were laid off. We'll have a live blog of that meeting at 4 p.m. today to keep you posted on developments as they unfold.

In the meantime, here's an update.

At the end of July, district officials announced that 104 teachers and 150 teacher aides and assistants would be laid off. The layoffs were to become effective Aug. 31, which is Wednesday.

The number of layoffs apparently ended up being slightly higher. According to a district memo sent on Friday, 117 teachers and 150 teacher aides were sent layoff notices.

But in the past few days, some teacher layoffs have been rescinded.

Superintendent James Williams and CFO Barb Smith set a memo to board members on Friday informing them that 28 letters were being sent to teachers to rescind their layoffs. In addition to that, they said they anticipated rescinding another 32 teacher layoffs.

That would bring the number of teacher layoffs down to 57.

In addition, according to the memo, "Staff believes the 57 will continue to decrease as we continue to work with the principals on their individual school needs and teachers declare they are not returning to work for a number of reasons such as maternity leaves, workers compensation, etc."

Also, 27 teacher aide layoffs were rescinded, according to the memo from Williams and Smith. They indicated they anticipate reinstating another 30 teacher aides, which would bring the number of teacher aide layoffs down to 93.

No teacher assistants were laid off, according to the memo from Williams and Smith.

Board President Lou Petrucci told me the money to reinstate the teachers and aides was found in existing budget lines. We expect to have details on that, along with other related issues, during our live blog of today's board meeting.

- Mary Pasciak

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Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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