First Student layoffs

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — First Student Inc., has announced in a letter to the State of Missouri that they will lay off nearly 300 employees in Kansas City.

The layoffs were announced in a WARN Act notice filed to the state this month.

The letter states 293 employees will be laid off.

First Student said the Kansas City Public Schools' decision to hire a new transportations service led to the layoffs.

"The loss of this contract effectively ends our business interests in the Kansas City, MO., district," the letter states. "As a result of these sudden, unforeseen business circumstances, First Student expects its (KCMO) location to experience a permanent closing."

The district selected a new transportation company in a late February meeting. 

The layoffs will happen on or before June 30, 2019.

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