PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - Students marched and rallied for their teachers on Wednesday night. They held signs that read, 'Save Our Teachers' as they walked to the school board meeting.
Nearly 60 South Kitsap school district employees face layoffs due to a $3 million budget shortfall, according to Interim Superintendent Bev Cheney.
Students said some of their favorite teachers have received the Reduction in Force notices, informing them that they might not have their job next school year. 57 notices went out last week.
Sean Ellis is a sophomore at South Kitsap High school. He is concerned an important class could be cut.
Ever since I went to that class, I have been learning a lot about deaf culture. I realized how much it has really connected with me, said Ellis, who was born deaf.
If we lose those programs and those teachers then my child loses passion for his school and passion for education, said Diana Ellis, Sean's mother.
Lawmakers are still working to finalize the budget in Olympia. If South Kitsap school district received a sufficient amount of state funding, jobs could be spared, according to Cheney.