Delay of IPS funding vote could mean layoffs across the district

INDIANAPOLIS -- A major delay of a multimillion-dollar school funding plan could mean layoffs are coming to Indianapolis Public Schools.

Monday night IPS announced that they will not be asking for a vote on the tax hike in May as originally planned.

The district was counting on raising more than $725 million from the hike over an eight-year period that they could invest in teachers and upgrading school buildings.

The vote now won’t take place until November, which 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 2018-2019 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.

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