3. Teachers have offered to work for free until Friday, May 10. Why did the District lay them off?
The dedication of our staff at all levels is unparalleled. We have heard their stories of daily
sacrifice in the care of students and believe they are entitled to the utmost respect. However, Michigan law requires that employers pay employees for work performed. We thank the teaching staff for their dedication, and understand their frustration. However, we must follow the law. Over the past day, many staff who have been laid off have asked how they may volunteer their time. Staff who make the personal decision to do so should contact the District regarding the logistics of that volunteering. However, we must stress that under current circumstances, there is no ability to compensate staff for their services and there is no indication that there will be money for such compensation at any time in the future.
4. Does the District expect to recall any staff?
The District’s ability to recall staff will depend on whether it is able to receive any funds which it
can use for that purpose. Without funding, our ability to make payroll is nonexistent.
5. How will my son/daughter be able to finish the school year?
Under the current circumstances, there is no plan to re-hire staff to complete the current school year. This situation is a source of great pain for the school board and administration. Whatever the cause of the current financial crisis, it is not the children of the District. Through this process, we are doing our very best to meet all requirements of the State, so that we can ascertain if assistance in the form of funding could be forthcoming. However, we must be clear that at this point, the District has spent all of the state aid it is entitled to receive for FY 13.
6. Will there be a school district next year?
It is impossible for us to predict whether the District will be in a position to enroll students next year. During this period of time, all of our efforts are being directed toward an attempt to secure as smooth a completion of the current year as possible, given the circumstances.
7. How should teachers and staff obtain their belongings from their classrooms and work areas?
The District buildings will remain open and, we understand, the Principals have volunteered to
remain in their buildings, on an unpaid basis, into the indefinite future. Staff should report to
their building principals and, in an orderly fashion, collect their belongings. Additionally, staff should turn in, to their building principal, their school-issued items, such as keys, phones, laptops, etc.
For the sake of order, we ask that these tasks be completed by Friday, May 10, 2013.