KENNEWICK, Wash.-- KNDU has now heard from all three Tri-City school districts, and none of them will be laying off teachers.
The Kennewick School District has their board meeting Wednesday night and staff say the matter didn't come up. Earlier in the week, however, they announced 32 teachers in the district have decided to retire or resign. District staff is saying the resignations and retirement announcements coupled with other areas they can save money, will be enough to survive the budget shortfall.
There's still no word yet on how many of the open positions will be filled. Lorraine Cooper, Communications Director for Kennewick School District, says despite the district's efforts to protect the classrooms, class sizes could grow.
All Tri-Cities school districts are waiting to get exact budget numbers from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction before any decisions are final.