‘I'm so sorry for those who are affected’: Around 240 Toms River school employees could be laid off

More than 200 staff members in the Toms River Regional School District could be losing their jobs after the school board approved the resolution Tuesday night by a unanimous vote.

News 12 Staff

Sep 2, 2020, 9:37 AM

Updated 1,318 days ago

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More than 200 staff members in the Toms River Regional School District could be losing their jobs after the school board approved the resolution Tuesday night by a unanimous vote.
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The ongoing state funding cuts, along with the coronavirus pandemic, are causing the district to lay off 240 employees. The breakdown includes 50 cafeteria workers, 70 cafeteria playground aides, 90 bus drivers, 25 bus attendants and five mechanics.
The district is legally obligated to give 60 days’ notice to affected employees. Superintendent David Healy was clearly distraught over this decision.
“Reading this resolution and working with the board was arguably, in my career, the most painful, most difficult thing I've ever had to do in my career,” says Healy. “Ever. It's unfortunate. I'm so sorry for those who are affected."
The layoffs go into effect Nov. 2. – that’s if the district doesn't plan to return from remote learning by Nov. 9. The Superintendent says the cuts will be determined based on seniority, and those who've worked for the district the longest will be offered re-employment first.
Students are set to start the school year virtually Sept. 8.


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