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Jefferson County teachers to lose jobs due to charter takeover

Jefferson County Schools Takes Charter Proposal to State Officials
Posted at 2:51 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 14:51:00-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - As Somerset Charter comes into the mix in Jefferson County, nearly half of their instructional staff will be lost in the transition.

The county has roughly 40-45 teachers now, and are planning to fire about half.

The consolidation of the three county schools into one eliminates the need for additional staff. The School Board still has to approve these changes but Superintendent Marianne Arbulu says that they expect them to pass without any issue.

She says it wouldn't make sense to have instructional staff on the payroll if there was no room for them to teach. She also says that while this announcement is fresh, they will be happy to try and help place teachers in alternate positions.

Somerset conducted interviews with all instructional staff before making the announcement of who would be hired back.

Arbulu could not speculate as to how they conducted their hiring process and if it was based upon seniority or experience.