The following is a statement from King Philip Regional School District Superintendent Paul Zinni:
“We are pleased to announce that the district will be re-hiring 29 teachers that were temporarily laid off last month and those staff members were notified yesterday afternoon.
“While this number does not reflect the full amount of teachers laid off last month as a result of budget constraints and issues surrounding COVID-19, we are hopeful that as our FY21 budget picture becomes clearer, we will be able to invite the rest of our teachers back for the 2020-21 school year.
“At this time, our full budget for FY21 remains uncertain as we await further information regarding state funding. With that said, we remain determined to give our students the highest quality education possible while keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff in the forefront.
“We have been working tirelessly on putting together multiple plans for the fall in advance of what guidance we will receive from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education next month.
“We would like to welcome back these educators to the district and thank everyone for their patience and understanding during these difficult and unprecedented times.”