MORE THAN 140 staffers are getting a holiday surprise from the Philadelphia School District.
Unfortunately, it's a layoff notice.
The notices will go out today to 141 employees, including 47 nurses and dozens of other nonteaching positions, according to the district.
"I think it's disgraceful," said layoff victim Michele Perloff, 47, who has worked as a nurse at the J. Hampton Moore School, in Northeast Philadelphia, for four years. "I think it's awful to do it right at this time."
District spokesman Fernando Gallard, noting the timing of the layoffs, called them "very difficult but unavoidable."
"These layoffs are part of our effort to stabilize the district and, while the timing is unfortunate, delaying these actions will only exacerbate the problem," he said.