On May 7, 2021, Lakewood non-renewed 36 staff members for the 2021-22 school year including 29 teachers, six paraprofessionals and one secretary. The district also transferred 18 staff members. Most of them were involuntary. This action defies logic since Lakewood’s schools have been short-staffed since before the pandemic.
The pandemic exacerbated Lakewood’s teacher shortage with more than 100 staff members leaving the district between June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
After keeping Lakewood’s schools open through a pandemic at the risk of their own personal safety, these teachers are being kicked to the curb.
Email the Lakewood Board of Education. Ask them why they are cutting staff when the district is experiencing a teacher shortage. Lakewood students deserve a stable teaching force.