Lakewood board of education cans 32 employees

Parents and teachers packed a Lakewood board of education meeting in a failed attempt to save the jobs of 32 staff members.

The jobs were cut to help the district deal with a $1 million deficit. Despite the opposition to the move, the board passed the motion. Among the layoffs are eight teachers and three guidance counselors.

Opponents of the move pleaded with board members to reconsider the firings. ?Obviously they're not your kids, or you wouldn't be making the decisions you're making,? parent Glenn Bradford told the board.

Laid-off special education teacher Mary Gouvei disputes board members? assurances the layoffs won?t affect class sizes. She says her students will be merged into other classes now that she?s gone and worries about the quality of their education.

"I have multi-disabled students that rely on routine, order and organization everyday,? says Gouvei. ?I can't imagine how they're going to survive."

This is the third time in seven years that the district has worked under a deficit. News 12 New Jersey has learned more layoffs could be coming.

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