FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Starting Monday, 600 Fort Wayne Community School employees will work reduced hours, so the district won't have to spend $10 million to provide them health insurance.
Nearly two dozen of those employees are full-timers who will actually lose their health care coverage, but maybe not for the reason you'd think.
Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson says the 21 media clerks -- or librarians -- at elementary schools will lose hours and their health care. That’s because the state is cutting the district's funding by $1.1 million.
On top of that, the other more than 500 employees are having their hours reduced so the district won't have to start providing them health insurance as mandated by Obamacare.
Robinson calls the decision "emotional and difficult," but says it was made based on the least impact to students.
”If you know that over the next three to four years, as we have had to do in the past, you are going to have to make funding decisions because your budget won't support you continuing to do everything you're doing, that's the issue,” Robinson says.
Robinson says the district will not hire anyone new this summer, to allow current affected employees to apply for available positions.
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