Munster School Board Votes to Lay off 50 Non-Teachers

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) _ A northwestern Indiana school district facing a $2.2 million deficit is laying off 50 non-teaching staff.
 
The School Town of Munster Board voted Thursday to lay off 50 non-certified staff members including aides, custodians and secretaries. Most of the layoffs take effect Jan. 30.
 
District Superintendent Jeff Hendrix said certified staff including teachers and administrators also may face layoffs. By law, teachers cannot be notified of a reduction in force until May 1.
 
The Times and Post-Tribune report the deficit was caused mostly by lower than expected tax collections.
 
Hendrix blames the state's school-funding formula for the deficit. He says the Munster schools receive less than the state average of about $5,800 per pupil.