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Layoffs looming for Hart schools

Hart district’s board members will decide whether to cut 40 classified positions

Posted: June 9, 2010 4:30 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2010 5:51 p.m.

Hart district board members tonight will consider whether to eliminate 40 positions in the face of a $15.5 million budget cut to the 23,000-student district.

Career advisers, library technicians, school receptionists, secretaries, custodians and groundskeepers are among the 40 positions slated for layoffs.

The affected employees have already been notified of the possible layoffs, said Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The district has more than 700 classified employees, including support staff and maintenance workers.

However, the district’s retirement-incentive program, also slated for board approval tonight, would allow the laid-off employees to find new positions within the district, Willett said.

The program gives senior employees an incentive to retire early, allowing for newer employees to replace them, often at a lower pay, Willett said.

The district is offering the opportunity to classified, certificated and classified management employees.

Classified employees have shown the most interest in the program, with about 60 people signed up for early retirement, Willett said.



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