LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Because of federal budget cuts known as sequestration, about 100 Lee County School district employees may be out of work next year.
Superintendent Dr Joseph Burke says the government is cutting IDEA funding to all school districts. The program provides funds for special education services.
He expects about a 13% cut in funding and says they won't be able to pay about 100 employees. They have notified those people, including about 15 teachers, of the situation.
Burke says three of them were already planning to retire. He hopes to rehire the other teachers when new positions open for next year. He says the hope is that no one will be without a job, but they have to start preparing now.
As far as taking care of those students impacted, Burke says, "we're going to be basically taking some services and reassigning them, more people will have to serve more students."
He says by mid-May, they should have the growth numbers for next year and know how many more teachers they can hire. Burke expects that number to be about 160, and hopes to rehire those teachers into new positions.