Gilbert Public Schools laying off employees due to low student enrollment

By Emma Lockhart | 3TV/CBS 5

Gilbert Public Schools announced Friday that the district is laying off more than 150 employees. It said the cuts were due to low student enrollment next year because of the pandemic.

In an email sent to staff, district officials said, “This afternoon, we made the very difficult decision to implement a necessary reduction in force for the 2021/22 school year as a result of loss of student enrollment.”

It said the cuts were due to low student enrollment next year because of the pandemic.

Arizona’s Family spoke with one Gilbert teacher who was impacted by the layoffs. She wanted to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. The teacher has been in the district for nine years and said she is devastated.

“I think surprise, shock. I was wondering who else in my department might have been cut too because there wasn’t any warning,” the teacher said.

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