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Some Sioux City teachers told their jobs are in jeopardy


About 30 Sioux City teachers are on notice that their jobs may be eliminated.

The school sent out those notices, on Wednesday, to those whose jobs are in jeopardy.

The cuts come as a result of sequestration. Making matters worse? The Sioux City Community school district is still waiting on the approval of the Early Intervention Grant and Early Childhood Education Grant. Until then... teachers are caught in the middle. "It's traumatic to these young teachers and the not so young teachers who know that they're going to be in limbo for a while. That's not the way we should be treating young professionals. We should be honoring them. They made a commitment to us, we need to make a commitment to them," said Bruce Lear, Director Sioux City Education Association.

The school board had to finalize their budget before April 15th, and give "pink slips" accordingly.

Since the Iowa legislature tends to deal with education funding at the end of its four-month session, there's no information on how much allowable growth the state will give.

And on the federal level, the sequester affected the finances for "title" funding.

"As long as we don't know exactly what our funding will be, then we need to be very careful about how many people we employ. So we go through this more often than we would like," said Dr. Linda Madison, Associate Superintendent.

Another unknown factor?

Teachers, who plan on retiring or move out of town, will also open a position for those that were given notice.

Once funding is known, school officials say they will make every effort possible to re-hire those teachers.

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