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Layoffs Could Be Coming at IPS with $725 Million Referenda Delay

That's because two multi-million dollar referendums that were going to be voted on during the city’s primary election in May will now move to the November ballot.

INDIANAPOLIS -- A delay of a multi-million-dollar school-funding plan could mean layoffs are coming to Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). 

Monday night IPS announced that they will not be asking for a vote on the tax hike in May as originally planned. Instead, that decision will go on the ballot in November. 

Before the fall vote, the district says it will partner with the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to conduct a strategic review of all IPS business functions. It will also hold additional community forums, engage with families and meet with neighborhood groups to discuss the referenda.

It would raise taxes in the city to bring in nearly $725 million collectively over eight years.

The original referenda were for nearly $1 billion over eight years, but the district reduced the price tag after some initial backlash from community members and state officials.

 IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee says means they will now have to consider layoffs in the district.

"I would anticipate there would be some type of reduction in personnel going into the 2017-2018 school year," said Ferebee. "You can't significantly reduce expenditures in our district without having some impact on personnel."

It isn’t clear at this time how those layoffs may take place or who they will affect.

Without the funds, IPS says it could be forced to freeze teacher and employee compensation, reduce educational programs for students, reduce the quality of services for students with special needs, continue to defer building maintenance and scale back transportation services.



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