Springfield Public Schools will be reducing the size of their teaching team because of a significant drop to the district’s enrollment.
The district has lost about 1,500 students in the last year, mostly to homeschooling or private schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The drop in enrollment is forcing the district to cut 49 positions.
However, no current teachers will lose their positions as the cut positions will come from retirements or teachers leaving for other positions.
The biggest cuts will take place at the elementary level, with 35 of the 49 eliminated positions at that level. The elementary level saw the biggest decrease in enrollment.
The district returns to five days a week in-school classes this fall without virtual classes.