News from the Statesman-Journal in mid-April in Oregon (via one of our readers). I would link to the story but you can't unless you pay.
Here's the lead storyline:
All library and media jobs at Salem-Keizer elementary and middle schools would be cut under a proposal by Superintendent Sandy Husk. The 48 library and media instructors were notified Thursday of the plan, part of the district's attempt to deal with a $55M shortfall.
District officials have said they will need to lay off 9-16 administrators, 250-400 teachers and 130-230 support staff members to close the budget gap.
There were no quotes from Superintendent Husk.
Boy, and we thought it was bad here with our budget.
Update: doing some more research, I want to point out that you need to keep in mind that this district has had major cuts the last three years with increasing amounts each year. Also, the libraries will be open at the schools but staffed via media assistants or other staff. Naturally, it is not the same as having a librarian and we all know that but the article did not say the libraries themselves would be closed and I didn't want to leave that impression.
Another interesting story (not to do with Husk) is that a charter school is being investigated by the Department of Justice over competing "boards" who say they are charge. This after a vandalism incident over the weekend.
It was the culmination of turmoil that began shortly after the school
year started at Bennett Pearson Academy and escalated in recent months,
with several requests for police response at the school and an ongoing
fight between parents and board members.
Last Thursday, a group of parents moved to replace board members with
new board members, but now both governing bodies claim they’re in
charge. The Department of Justice is monitoring the issue.
Salem police Lt. Dave
Okada said officers were called to the school three times between
Thursday and Saturday because of disputes about the board.
Michael Warren, a
member of the first board, on Monday filed a temporary restraining order
against three members of the new board as well as a former employee and
West Coast Bank.
County Circuit Court Judge Dale Penn signed the restraining order,
which bans the defendants from entering the building and directs West
Coast Bank to allow Warren access to the school bank account to make
It's "who's on first" at this school.