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West Woodland students, parents rally against RIF

Students and parents gathered at West Woodland Elementary’s playground at 5601 4th Ave. NW this morning before school for a rally against the school district’s Reduction in Force (RIF) plan to cut teachers and staff.

Under the district’s plan, West Woodland would lose three teachers. 1.5 staff positions.

Here’s what the PTA sent in a press release:

Our message is simple: The West Woodland PTA is asking the Superintendent and the School Board to reconsider the RIFs by withholding a portion of open positions due to RIF (30-40%) and delaying the assignment of replacement teachers until the true effects of attrition and retirement are known, until enrollment is closed and until all RIF disputes are settled.