Houston-Area School District Lays Off More Than 100 People

Kelli Wiese
October 18, 2018 - 4:49 pm
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HOUSTON (KRLD) - The Crosby Independent School District has laid off more than 100 people to try to fix a financial crisis.

The layoffs include assistant principals, teachers, clerical staff, custodians and more.

Crosby school superintendent Dr. Scott Davis says, "This is a horrible thing. This is nothing we ever dreamed we would face." Administrators say it's due in part because the school district spent $15 million dollars more than what it had in the bank. Audits from 2015 to 2017 showed previous administrators overestimated revenues by millions of dollars."

Dr. Davis says, "The school district had lived beyond it's means through three attributing factors. Cost over-runs in a bond program. Construction projects went through our fund balance. We added more personnel that we could financially support from growth. The district added 140 personnel to our district in the course of about two years. It simply wasn't sustainable. Also, there had been some overestimation of revenues."

As far as the community's reaction, Dr. Davis says, "I will brag completely on Crosby. The community is unincorporated. The school district is what we do here. We don't have a ton of big industry. So, our community has gone overboard to reach out to us.  The volunteers that are coming out, from our retired teachers to our booster clubs to our parents to the churches, there's not a group in town that's not reaching out to help us fulfill our mission as a school district."