State panel recalls laid-off Woonsocket teachers
WOONSOCKET, R.I.—The state commission overseeing Woonsocket's finances has approved school officials' request to recall up to 63 city teachers who were laid off earlier this year.
The Woonsocket Call reports ( http://bit.ly/NdB5Df) that the state-appointed Budget Commission approved the School Department's request on Monday, but said selection for a position doesn't guarantee employment in the next school year.
Schools Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan told the commission last week that the laid-off teachers needed to be recalled immediately to fill state-mandated positions and other vacancies.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is considering a request to take control of city schools as the Budget Commission drafts a spending plan that would allow the city to avoid receivership.
The city is facing potential bankruptcy because of a $10 million school budget deficit.
Information from: The Call, http://www.woonsocketcall.com