Phila. Pa. School District Said to Cut 90 Police Officers

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Monday, February 6, 2012

With a $61 million shortfall to bridge by the end of June, the Philadelphia School District will let go about 90 school police officers Friday, according to a source familiar with the plan.

Other cuts will also be announced, including administrative layoffs likely to come from regional offices, the source said.

The police officers who will be laid off are per-diem workers who do not earn benefits, though most work every day during the school year.

District spokesman Fernando Gallard declined to comment Thursday.

"As of today, we do not have any layoff announcements," said Gallard.

Michael Lodise, head of the school police officers' union, had not received notice Thursday, but said 90 layoffs "is what I'm hearing."

Some officers already have been reassigned in anticipation of changes. "We're already getting plans in place," said Lodise.

Besides the per-diem officers, the school police force consists of 375 full-time permanent officers. It's a much smaller force than in the past.

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