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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 8:04 am | Updated: 1:49 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Scottsdale Unified School District will handdeliver official notices to 163 teachers today that they will not have jobs with the district next year, said district spokeswoman Carol Hughes.

The district finalized the number of teachers who will be considered a "reduction in force," Monday, along with a list of another 168 teachers who will have jobs next year, but do not know where.

"Wow, I thought it was going to be less than that," said Anne Hansen, Ingleside Middle School teacher, who said it’s a hard time for teachers giving Stanford 9 tests.

Hansen said she hopes many will be recalled to the district.

"Even if it’s not happening to you, you can’t help but feel for everybody you care about," she said.

Through attrition and an early severance plan adopted last week, the district is hoping to recall many teachers, Hughes said.

District staff has been figuring out the final lists during the past 10 days, since individual schools handed in their staffing lists March 21. By shuffling positions and determining which teachers have jobs to fill, the staff determined who would be reassigned and who would be laid off, Hughes said.

Those with the least seniority are the first to go.

The district hopes to recall as many teachers as it can with the help of the early exit package, which offers a year’s salary spread over eight years for employees of 10 years who wish to leave.

While the reassignment process happens every year, the district hasn’t had a reduction in force since the early 1990s, Hughes said. The district employs

about 1,700 teachers.

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