Spokane announces elimination of school librarian positions

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane’s school district has given notice to school librarians that their jobs will be eliminated next year.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports Spokane Public Schools superintendent Shelley Redinger on Thursday gave notice that the district would “change the library model district wide.”

District spokesman Brian Coddington says elementary school teachers will bring their students into the libraries for designated periods and librarians will move back into classrooms.

Coddington says it’s unclear how much money the district will save by eliminating library positions.

Other school districts also are targeting school librarians.

Chicago’s full-time librarians and media specialists dropped from 450 to less than 150 during a four-year period ending in 2018.

Seattle is considering moving all librarians to part-time status.