Fewer layoffs projected in Camden schools this fall

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Public school officials in Camden have revised the future, a bit, for a pair of schools targeted for closure come the fall to bridge a $27 million deficit. 

The Cream School will still be converted into an early childhood facility and the Veterans School will be closed outright. Some 900 students will still go elsewhere, but anticipated layoffs that had stood at about 300 are down a lot.

“We are looking at about 40 total layoffs for the upcoming school year,” Superintendent Katrina McCombs told KYW Newsradio. “We were able to preserve as many teachers as possible. So out of the 40 total layoffs that we are looking at right now, only five of those are actual teaching positions.”

As for that deficit, McCombs can’t say for sure where they stand.

“Our budget is not fully approved yet and so the cuts in staff are a moving target depending on the allocation of aid provided by DOE (Department of Education),” she added.

The state has been in charge ever since taking over the district six years ago. They also provide most of the money to fund operations, so a lot depends on how the state budget debate works out. 

And we won’t know that for a couple months, but McCombs says she’s cut as much as she can.