PONTIAC, Mich. -

The Pontiac School District on Wednesday announced it would be laying off 97 employees.

In a statement, the district said the layoffs would take effect between April 16 and June 30 and would include administration staff, teachers and support services staff.

The city is currently under control of an emergency manger and working through a deficit elimination plan.

“This is an unpleasant experience for the administration and our Board trustees. Layoffs affect our students, the families of our employees and our community. There is a ripple effect. Normally, we would not recommend taking such drastic measures, but layoffs are critical to the survival of the School District of the City of Pontiac. Despite the staff cuts, I am confident we will be able to provide our students with a quality education,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Walter L. Burt said.

Once the Pontiac Board of Education and administration determine the staffing needs of the district, some employees will be recalled.

Who is affected?

43 PEA Union Members (Pontiac Education Association - Teachers)
27 PASA Union Members (Pontiac Association of School Administrators)
12 Non-Union Members
7 PESA Union Members (Pontiac Educational Secretaries Association)
6 PESPA Union Members (Pontiac Educational Support Personnel Association)