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Buffalo teachers receive layoff notices


Dozens of Buffalo teachers found out this past week they might not have a job for the new school year, the result of staffing adjustments after the budget season.

The 30-day notices went out to 63 teachers across a variety of subject areas, grade levels and schools.

It is possible the district will find spots for some of those individuals before school starts September 4. The district is still trying to fill positions for math and reading coaches. So that could create movement, and open spots, throughout the district.

The district may also receive notice that other teachers are retiring or resigning, making their position available.

“This is always a dynamic situation,” said Darren Brown, the district’s human resources administrator.

In the meantime, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore is was advising those affected  to file for unemployment.

Both Rumore and Brown said the number of notices sent is the highest it has been in recent years.

“I just think it’s heartless,” Rumore said. “Why do you have to wait until the last minute?”

“We’re kind of surprised because there was no warning on this,” he added.

- Tiffany Lankes

About the reporters

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News' NeXt section.

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.