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Fired maintenance workers set to meet with SCS leaders

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Workers received letters on Monday saying their last day of work is June 30. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 viewer) Workers received letters on Monday saying their last day of work is June 30. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 viewer)
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC) - Former maintenance workers inside the Shelby County School system say more than 65 of them have suddenly lost their jobs with no notice.

At the district's training support center, cars packed the parking lot Tuesday morning. Tyrone Boyland got out of one of them. He says he worked for the school system for 19 years, but there will not be a 20th.

"When I got to work this morning they called me in there and told me I was gone; laid off," said Boyland. "Didn't let me know nothing, just got rid of me, didn't give me a warning for nothing."

Boyland is one of dozens of laid off Shelby County Schools maintenance employees sent to the support center for an informational session regarding health and unemployment benefits. Some got a letter with answers to frequently asked questions.

Verdell Jackson says he found out Monday that he no longer had a job.

"I got a phone call actually. I was on vacation and they called me at the house," said Jackson.

The district confirms the layoffs. Due to budget reductions, SCS says, district positions have been eliminated, including some maintenance employees. Boyland says it's off to try to find another job and to try to move beyond.

"It's really kinda bad to lay you off don't tell nothing. It's really sad," said Boyland.

The unpleasant way the past 19 years have come to an end.

Shelby county schools says budget reductions affected many different departments, and at this time it cannot confirm the number of maintenance employees laid off.

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