October 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Clark County School District is sending layoff notices to more than 400 licensed employees to ease a $59 million budget gap.
District officials say Monday that the layoffs are part of an effort to cut more than 1,000 teaching positions. Some of those positions are vacant, and others will be left empty after teachers retire or leave the district.
Teachers who have been suspended for bad behavior and those with the least seniority will be first to go.
District officials say the average class sizes will increase by three students as a result.
The district had asked its teachers to accept a pay freeze to ease the crunch, but an arbitrator ruled this spring that teachers should get their scheduled raises for the current and next school year.