August 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Clark County School District says it's hiring back 419 licensed employees who got layoff notices earlier this summer.
District officials say Friday that teachers leaving the district or retiring made room for the re-hires.
The layoff notices came after an arbitrator ruled this spring that teachers should get their scheduled raises for the current and next school year.
District officials said the payout contributed to a $59 million budget gap and forced them to cut 1,000 teaching positions from the budget. That number includes vacant teaching posts.
District spokeswoman Melinda Malone says the 1,000 positions are still gone and class sizes will still be up by an average of three students, adding that sending the layoff notices "wasn't a game" to pressure the teachers union during negotiations.
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