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Clay County school jobs in jeopardy

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Updated: 4/17/2013 11:39 pm

ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- Teachers and other support staff in Clay County received letters saying their jobs could end when the school year does.

Wes Watson wants to make sure his little girl gets the best education. When we told him 700 Clay County teachers and other support staff got a letter, he was pretty taken aback. "If they're taking away from education the rest of the public, it will have a great impact," said Watson.

Action News obtained two letters sent out to the employees. In one letter, it told teachers they could reapply for other open positions in the future. The second letter says with a recommendation, they could be reappointed to their position in June.

A district spokesperson says it is required to send these letters out and it doesn't mean layoffs.

It's not making the teachers' union president very happy. "Thanks, but no thanks letters. We're amazed at how this came about," said President Steve Richards.

Richards says they were told nearly 70 teachers may be cut. So, when they heard 700 people got the letter, it came as a surprise.

"We were promised shallow cuts, and these seem to be deep cuts," said Richards.

A district spokeswoman also says it will have several positions open next school year from retirements and resignations. She says because of those retirements and resignations, the district is having a teacher recruitment fair next month.

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