By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than 300 pink slips are going out today and tomorrow in the Philadelphia School District. But these layoffs are not related to the uncertain fate of the cigarette tax (see related story).READ MORE: Upper Darby Police Investigating Death Of Newborn Found In Bag
In all, 342 layoff notices are going out. Most are school-based.
School district spokeswoman Raven Hill stresses that these are not related to the cigarette tax standoff in Harrisburg. Rather, she says, they’re the result of principals preparing budgets at their schools.READ MORE: Man Killed After Being Shot Multiple Times In Head In Frankford, Philadelphia Police Say
About 150 special-education classroom assistants and 150 more noontime aides are among those being laid off, as are eight assistant principals, effective at the end of the month.
Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite has said if the cigarette tax isn’t approved by August 15th, he would begin to lay off as many as 1,300 more workers as the district tries to close a $93-million budget hole (another related story).MORE NEWS: Man Shot Multiple Times, Killed In North Philadelphia Double Shooting: Police