GARY, Ind. (AP) - About one-seventh of the teachers in the Gary Community
Schools have been told they’re facing layoffs as the district continues
dealing with big enrollment drops.
The northwestern Indiana district notified 95 teachers of layoffs, which
will drop its teaching staff to about 570. District spokeswoman Charmella
Greer tells the Post-Tribune that 32 other employees also are having their
The staff reductions follow continued enrollment declines with several
charter schools opening in the area and families moving from the troubled
city. The Gary schools had about 8,500 students last school year, down from
more than 16,000 seven years earlier.
Gary Teachers Union President Joseph Zimmerman says it is painful to watch
teachers lose their jobs and that the district must do more to make its