Weymouth Schools Rehire 112 Staff Members

Scott Souza

WEYMOUTH, MA — Weymouth Public Schools announced that it was able to rehire all 112 educators whose contracts were no renewed earlier this month due to coronavirus health crisis budget concerns.

Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Curtis-Whipple said at the time of the layoffs the contracts could not be renewed with the town budget process still pending, but said following the approval of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget that all positions will be restored.

"All of these educators will be immediately rehired without having to go through the typical hiring procedures thanks to cooperation from the Weymouth Educators Association," Curtis-Whipple said. "We would like to thank each and every one of our educators for standing by the district and our students during these difficult and unprecedented times. Our initial decision was not one we made lightly, and it was largely made due to the state's firm staffing deadline of June 15 —the same day the budget was passed. The uncertainty of the budget necessitated the temporary layoffs with the intent that the district would hire back as many staff members as possible."

Curtis-Whipple said that, while there is still uncertainty about the budget, she is hopeful more state contributions will be coming the town's way to help restore all services.

"At this time, we are still awaiting state funding that the district relies on, including Chapter 70 and circuit breaker funds," she said. "Though this does not reflect the final staffing numbers for next school year, we remain confident that the financial uncertainty surrounding the 2020-2021 school year will be made more clear after the state releases its funding figures."

This article originally appeared on the Weymouth Patch