Minneapolis Public Schools to lay off more than 100 staffers

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The Minneapolis Public School system will be eliminating dozens of positions in order to relocate funds back into the schools, reports note.

Officials are expected to eliminate roughly 120 administrative positions at the district's central offices, MPR News reports, which officials say will save the district $11.6 million.

The money will be redirected back into the schools, Rachel Hicks, Minneapolis Public Schools spokeswoman, told KSTP. The extra funds will help lower class sizes, reduce caseloads for special education teachers and add additional study time at middle and high schools, the Star Tribune says.

Staff affected by the layoffs will be notified this week, but they'll be able to stay at their positions until June, KSTP says. The layoffs will likely affect all aspects of the staff, the Star Tribune notes.

Those who are laid off are being encouraged to apply for instructional positions that will be opening up at some schools, reports note, however, it is unclear how many openings there will be.

These layoffs don't come as much of a surprise. Earlier this year, interim Superintendent Michael Goar said he planned to downsize the administrative office in order to get money back into the schools.

The district's budget for 2015 is about $745 million, according to the district's website. The school board will vote on the 2016 budget in June.

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