Hampshire College is in a fight for its life. You can read the full back story here. Now layoffs are beginning.

Western Mass News reports:

Hampshire College announces layoffs

There’s new information out of Amherst as Hampshire College prepares to layoff some staff.

In a letter to the campus community sent late Wednesday afternoon, college president Miriam Nelson said that supervisors and Human Resources will be meeting next Tuesday, February 19 with staff members whose positions will be eliminated and be given 60 days notice.

“There is no way to do layoffs that doesn’t cause pain or hardship. And being in a small and close community makes this situation all the more difficult. But I want to reiterate that our ultimate goal is and has been to secure Hampshire’s future. Not doing layoffs will hasten Hampshire’s closing. In becoming a smaller school, we’ll be better able to stabilize our finances, which will give us time to pursue the best options for bringing about the next iteration of the College,” Nelson explained.

Nelson added that another workforce reduction will be needed this semester and those announcements will come on or near April 1.

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