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280 layoffs coming to Lucas County Head Start

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Toledo Head Start is getting new leadership and now 280 Head Start employees are out of a job.

The employee we spoke with didn't want to show her face, but she did want to share her reaction to the news. She tells 13abc, "We all have bills to pay, so it's like, what do you do? It hurts owning houses, and its just hard...what can you do?"

Those layoffs include teachers, bus drivers and teacher assistants.

Ameena Horn tells 13abc, "My grandmother, she's a Head Start worker, she obviously loves her job. I think it's unfair for her to get pink-slipped because it's the only thing she has, and I don't think she has had time to look for work. So I think its really unfair."

Today we shared the news with parents at a Head Start site on Byrne.

Some believe Toledo Public Schools will be running the program next year and they know that many of the current employees will not have the certification needed to work for the district.

Horn tells 13abc, "I think they should of let them know ahead of time so they can have time to look for jobs especially for the assistants who are not going to meet the standards to work for TPS ...I think its unfair."

A spokesperson for TPS says the district has not received officials word stating the district has been awarded the grant, but Kenneth Wolfe from for the US Department of Health and Human services tells 13abc, "We are currently in negotiations with an organization (or organizations) to be selected as the new local Head Start provider for Toledo. An announcement will be made June 12. Once the new grantee is in place in the late summer, teachers and staff will be hired by the organization, which will be up to the new grantee to determine who will be hired, although it is likely that many current CDI employees will be re-hired."