Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students, Parents Upset over Possible Teacher Furloughs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students, Parents Upset over Possible Teacher Furloughs

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Hundreds of students and their parents entered emotional pleas and declarations of support for many of the approximately 30 Shaler Area School District teachers being considered for possible furlough as administrators consider "right sizing" the staff in the face of declining enrollment and funding delayed by the state government.

Superintendent Sean Aiken had set a special question and answer session for May 3 in the middle school auditorium but district families decided not to wait and attended the school board's committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday, which was moved to the auditorium to seat all the concerned citizens.

Mr. Aiken said the announcement made at the March 23 finance committee meeting to "right-size" the teaching staff included various ways to accomplish that goal, including retirement incentives, resignations, parental/medical leaves and sabbaticals. …

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