Gaston County may lay off hundreds of teachers

By Zack Smith - email

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Hundreds of teachers in Gaston County found out Thursday they may not have a job next year.

Nearly 700 school employees, mainly teachers, got a pink slip warning a budget crisis may force the school system to eliminate their positions.

Superintendent Reeves McGlohon says teachers with less than four years of experience got a pink slip.

The school chief says, by law, he had to notify them by June 15th about their job status.

There's no mention of cuts coming elsewhere in the district to save the classrooms.  This reduction appears to hit classrooms first.

McGlohon says the process is still early and the school system will do its best to not touch the classroom and to avoid teacher layoffs.

He also says most of the people who got a pink slip will be hired back.

For now, teachers have been instructed to stay in contact with their principal to find out if they will be hired back next year.