• Dear Families and Students,

    I hope this letter finds you well. It is with a heavy heart that we share some difficult news with you. Recently, a number of our valued teachers, impacting 8 individuals, received notification that their contracts with the La Conner School District for the 2023-2024 academic year will not be renewed or will be reduced. This required reduction in our workforce, known as a Reduction in Force (RIF), has real and significant impacts on the lives of our staff members, who possess amazing professional and personal skills. As someone who personally delivered these messages, I have witnessed firsthand the distressing impact of this decision.

    We understand that these are challenging and stressful times for everyone involved, and we want to assure you that we are committed to providing assistance to our affected employees to ensure they have what they need during this time of transition. We deeply regret that this action was necessary, and it is not a decision that was taken lightly.

    The primary reason for this reduction in our workforce is the significant reduction in revenue. The District had hoped that the resignations, leaves, and retirements at the end of the year would be sufficient to accommodate the downsizing required. However, the attrition rate this year was low, with only a few staff providing notice that they did not intend to return and our budgeting constraints require deeper cuts.

    The determination of which certificated staff would be impacted was made based on certification/endorsement and seniority, in that order, as per the collective bargaining agreement with our teachers' union. We understand that this decision may have been difficult to comprehend for those affected. We want to assure you that we have taken this decision with great consideration, and in collaboration with our teachers’ union leadership.

    In the coming weeks, we will be communicating reductions in our classified staff; we are working cooperatively with their union leadership to determine next steps. We sincerely regret the need to reduce our staff and are hopeful that over time, we may be able to offer opportunities for staff members who have been negatively impacted in this situation. We understand the importance of continuity and stability in our school community and are committed to supporting our students and families during this challenging time.

    Please know that we remain dedicated to providing a high-quality education to our students and supporting the well-being of our school community. We appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate through these difficult circumstances.

    Sincerely,

     

    Will Nelson,
    Superintendent

  • SUBMIT A QUESTION

  • What staff will be leaving LCSD?

  • Is the elementary Hi-cap program going to discontinue next year? If so, what are the options for those kids in the program?

  • If budget shortfall is affected by decrease in annual impact aid, how many years has the LCSD received these funds? How is the amount calculated? Why was it decreased?

  • Why LCSD had “hold harmless” funding and why it ended?

  • Why is my teacher being fired?

  • What is a Reduction in Force (RIF)?

  • What is the difference between a Reduction in Force (RIF) and being fired?

  • How will the RIF affect my child's education?

  • Will athletic programs be cut?

  • Is the district specifically cutting music and art programs as part of next year's budget?

  • What is causing the shortfall?

  • Why do RIFs occur?

  • Why is the school district implementing a RIF?

  • How are RIF decisions made?

  • How are teachers and staff selected for a RIF?

  • Are RIFs based on seniority?

  • What is LCSD's current budget situation?

  • How can a small school lose 8 teaching positions?

  • How can I support the school district and teachers during this difficult time?

  • Why are we hiring staff as we are releasing teachers?

  • How do the federal ESSER funds affect the District’s budget?

  • What do Levies & Bonds fund?

  • What is regionalization?

  • What is the projected cost savings to the district?

  • What is the Prototypical School Funding Model?

  • What will be the impact on classified staff?

  • What will be the impact on Administration/ District Office staff?

  • How will the district ensure the quality of education is maintained?

  • Were there any opportunities for input?

  • School funding seems complicated. Where can I get information that explains school financing in more detail?

  • Will RIFed employees be considered for reemployment if positions become available in the future?

  • How does the district plan to support students and staff during this transition?

  • Will the Braves’ Club be operating next year?

  • Contact Us: Cherri Kahns, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent 360-466-3171 ckahns@lc.k12.wa.us

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Last Modified on April 29, 2024