Employee Layoffs Announced

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The Caroline County Board of Education has made the difficult decision to eliminate many support services positions as the new school year begins with distance learning. 

Impacted employees are being notified of the layoffs, and each advised they would be placed on a recall list and possibly offered a position as students return to the classroom. 

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Milton Nagel explained, “In addition to an inability to engage many staff in a distance or hybrid learning environment, we expect to be facing short and long term budget impacts as the state and county government grapple with significant shortages in revenue. As deeply painful as this is, we have to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars, and ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our students going forward.”

Board President Kathy Dill said, “Throughout the spring, we did not know what the future held, and we sought to retain support employees, whether or not they were actively engaged in the work of the school system. Sadly, we are now faced with the reality that in a distance or hybrid learning world, the need for many positions is now simply gone.  It is our hope that once we progress into additional Phases of the Recovery Plan, an increasing number of these positions will again be required to meet students’ needs.”

Superintendent Patty Saelens stated, “Making difficult decisions that involve our colleagues, friends and family is heartbreaking, and certainly never where we expected to be. However, the impact of the pandemic to the school system, both economically and socially, has been and will continue to be profound.”