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Castaic Union to lay off 10

Cuts limited to classified employees

Posted: April 21, 2009 10:13 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2009 11:00 a.m.
Ten school employees will be eliminated from the Castaic Union School District, but there won't be too many educational problems from the board's decision, the superintendent said Tuesday.

The cuts are limited to classified employees. No teachers will be laid off in this round of cuts.

"We tried to spread it around in such a way that it didn't really reduce services too much in one place," Superintendent James Gibson said.

The district is required to send the layoff notices 45 days before the employee's last day of service, Gibson said.

The decision was made during Monday's district board meeting.

The positions slated for layoffs range from a custodian to a nurse assistant, three bus drivers, a health aid and various instructional aides throughout the district, Gibson said.

Nine of the positions are filled, while a maintenance position has been vacant for two years, Gibson said.

"There will still be services," Gibson said, adding that they will just be available at a reduced level.

The number of actual classified layoffs could change in the coming weeks as the California School Employees Association, which represents the roughly 100 classified employees of the Castaic district, is negotiating whether to approve pay cuts and furlough days totaling $150,000 as a way to offset the number of necessary layoffs at the end of the year.


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