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Algonquin-based District 300 lays off 15 employees

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District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid
Sarah Nader file photo – snader@shawmedia.com District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid

ALGONQUIN – The Algonquin-based Community School District 300 Board unanimously approved laying off 15 employees.

Superintendent Fred Heid said the layoffs were caused by a number of reasons and is a customary practice for all school districts for nontenured faculty.

“It could be because a teacher is returning from an extended leave and has bumping rights, it could be due to a certificate issue or based off performance,” Heid said. “If they are at a small elementary school and there isn’t a vacancy at another school, they may be released.”

The layoffs are effective at the end of the school year.

Heid said the district is not seeing declining enrollment as are other schools in McHenry County, and overall enrollment is up slightly.

Board members approved the cuts at a meeting March 13.

Lakewood Elementary School, Carpentersville Middle School and Perry Elementary School will each lose three employees. Jacobs High School will lose two and Lake in the Hills Elementary, Dundee-Crown High School, Hampshire High School and Dundee Highlands Elementary will each lose one.

Courtney Andrew, ESL and math teacher Shivani Brahmbhatt, Dennis Cuevas Cuevas, Catherine Finn, Karen Joyce, Nikolas Krywaruczenko, Eric Owens, Katarzyna Rozynek, Diana Ahern, Benjamin Harrison, Michael McCandless, Erin McCrystal, Nathanial Hyde, Brianna Murphy and Melinda Walker were laid off, district documents show.

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