Baltimore Local Helps Laid-Off Administrators Secure Jobs

As many as 115 Baltimore City Public Schools staff members, including teachers and administrators, were laid off over the summer as part of a new plan to balance a $1.31 billion budget next year. The staff members involved were notified of the layoffs as early as June 1.

The district was able to give a 30-day warning before the announcement to the Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association of Baltimore City, AFSA Local 25. The union quickly stepped in to help. Initially, 63 members anticipated losing their positions at their schools—46 administrators and 17 central office staff. Throughout the summer, the organization worked very closely with Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises and her staff to ensure as many union members affected by this reduction in force as possible had assignments for the 2017–2018 school year. The district let the association know of vacant positions available due to routine retirements and promotions. PSASA worked endlessly to assist and notify each member of open positions they were qualified for and encouraged them to apply.

The association was able to help 43 members secure a position before the start of the new school year.

“We are working diligently with the district to take care of the remaining staff and have them assigned to comparable positions in the district,” said PSASA President Jimmy Gittings. “As an organization, this is what we do for our community. We are here to support our members in every way we can.”