The vote was 7-0 in a very short special meeting by the Port Huron Area School District Board of Education which unanimously approved the layoff of some 60 teachers. While special meetings allow only one opportunity for public comment and must be on agenda items only – Board President Jeff Stout and member Ronda Ryan stayed for about an hour after the meeting to hear comments from the crowd. Remarks on the flaws in the new evaluation system were made as well as comments on how the district in itself is being run. This year marks the first that layoffs have been based on evaluations and not seniority. Legislation passed in 2011, requires districts to now evaluate teacher performance, with a system of four ratings; highly effective, effective, minimally effective and ineffective. It is possible that some of the teachers could be called back prior to the beginning of the 2013 school year. Port Huron is one of fourteen districts in the state participating in a pilot program to help select the best evaluation system.