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. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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