After drawing a standing-room-only audience at a public hearing to discuss potential layoffs, has moved its next meeting to a larger venue to accommodate an anticipated crowd.
The meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, will take place at , 725 W. Normantown Rd.
Some parents who got up to speak during the March 26 public hearing blasted officials for not moving the meeting to a venue large enough for the crowd. Hundreds of residents showed up for the hearing, packing the board room at the district administration center and overflowing into the hallways — where many were unable to hear what was happening inside.
Although board members , staffing cuts could be on the April 16 agenda.
On March 26, district Executive Director for Human Resources Sharon Hawks said the proposed layoffs, which would result in callbacks for the vast majority of staffers, were necessary due to a drop in enrollment, planned changes to district programs including driver’s education and an anticipated reduction in state funding.
With vice president Rick Gougis absent, the board voted 6-0 against the reduction in force proposal, which Hawks said would have meant callbacks for all but 30 to 40 teachers and the same number of paraprofessionals.
Valley View’s contract with the teachers' union requires staffers to be notified of layoffs in writing at least 45 days before the last day of their employment.
The last day of school is scheduled for June 4, which means teachers would have to be notified of any staffing cuts by April 20 at the latest.
The agenda for the April 16 board meeting has not yet been posted on the district website.