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Gary schools lay off more than 130

GARY, Ind. – About one-seventh of the teachers in the Gary Community Schools have been told they’re facing layoffs as the district continues dealing with big enrollment drops.

The northwestern Indiana district notified 95 teachers of layoffs, which will drop its teaching staff to about 570.

District spokeswoman Charmella Greer told the Post-Tribune ( that 32 other employees also are having their jobs cut.

The staff reductions follow continued enrollment declines with several charter schools opening in the area and families moving from the troubled city. The Gary schools had about 8,500 students last school year, down from more than 16,000 seven years earlier.

Gary Teachers Union President Joseph Zimmerman said it is painful to watch teachers lose their jobs and that the district must do more to make its schools attractive.