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Saugus district lays off 19 workers

Posted: June 4, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2009 8:00 a.m.
Saugus Union School District board members issued layoff notices to 19 classified employees this week, Superintendent Judy Fish said.

The positions include office assistants, instructional assistants, a library media assistant and a campus supervisor, among others, Fish said.

The 19 employees are part of 158 Saugus Union classified workers who are taking a reduction in the number of hours, Fish said.

School districts are required to give laid-off classified employees 45 days notice, Fish said.

Still, Saugus Union officials are hopeful that offering a retirement incentive program for classified employees and natural attrition will allow noticed employees to return.

"We are very confident that the office clerical people will be restored," Fish said.

Those positions would most likely be restored during the summer, Fish said.

What's not certain is whether the classified employees will be able to return to the same school sites, she said.

Much of the funding for classified employees depends on the amount of categorical funding, or money set aside for specific uses, that districts receive annually, Fish said.

School sites still don't know how much categorical funding will arrive, which led the school district to issue the notices, she said.

At the same time, school classified employees are facing a reduction in the number of hours because of declining student enrollment, she said.

Those reduced work days may remain.


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