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I just noticed in the paper that the Lawrence school district plans to hire 50 new teachers for the new year. Why don't they renew the contracts of 50 of the teachers they laid off, instead of hiring 50 completely new teachers?

Some of the district's teachers, counselors and nurses receiving pink slips have been or will be rehired before classes start in August, said Mary Rodriguez, the district's personnel director.

A portion of these people will be relocated to new schools as well as new jobs, she said.

However, Rodriguez said, not all teachers hit with layoffs are eligible for some vacancies.

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