TOMS RIVER, NJ – Toms River Superintendent Dave Healy has announced that approximately 240 school district employees will be losing their job.
“New Jersey law provides that a Board of Education may enact a reduction in force for reasons of economy or because a reduction in the number of pupils or of change in administrative or supervisory organization of the district or for other good cause,” Healy said. “Toms River Regional School District is in critical need of funds to conduct educational programs and comport with mandated safety and health requirements.”
Healy said the workers targeted by the district’s latest reduction in force are those who would not be working due to the remote learning curriculum put forth by the school board.
“Using public funds to pay public employees that are not performing work violates public policy and is inequitable to employees who are required to perform work,” Healy added. “The reduction in force will impact approximately 240 employees including cafeteria hourly workers, cafeteria/playground aides, bus drivers, bus attendants, mechanics and food service drivers. Within each job category and title that is part of the Reduction in Force, the decision on which positions will be eliminated will be based on seniority and should positions become available re-employment offers will be seniority-based meaning employees with the most seniority will be offered re-employment first.”