The acting CEO of Baltimore city school system alerted employees in a letter Tuesday that layoffs would be coming on May 31.

Tammy Turner, the acting schools chief, did not say how many employees would be laid off, but she did say in an email sent at 5 p.m. that the reductions would include employees in both the central office and the schools.

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Previously, city school officials had said they expected to cut 54 positions from the central office only.

The next fiscal year for the school system begins on July 1, and the school board said earlier this month that it had to reduce costs because of an anticipated rise in expenses.

"I want to emphasize that the elimination of positions is not a reflection of an employee's job performance. Rather, these actions were taken solely to maintain the financial stability of the district," the letter said.

City school officials declined to provide any further details about the layoffs. Officials said more details would become public after laid off employees are notified.

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