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Districts see fewer layoffs

Posted: May 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Most local school districts will see fewer layoffs this year than originally expected, according to officials.

School districts notify teachers or staff members that are in danger of being laid off by sending them preliminary notices. District then have time to finalize what staffing reductions are needed.

If teachers or other staff members retire, or take long-term leaves of absence, districts could be able to rescind some of the layoff notices.

The Saugus Union School District, for instance, sent out notifications to three teachers, but ended up not having to lay any of them off, according to Superintendent Joan Lucid.

“We are thrilled,” Lucid said. “This is exciting news.”

The Sulphur Springs School District was also able to rescind several of its 16 preliminary layoff notices, but will still end up laying off nine teachers, said Kim Lytle, director of personnel and pupil services for the district.

“Of the nine that were laid off, we foresee bringing them all back on a temporary status or we should be able to rehire them back before the start of the school year,” Lytle said.

Marc Winger, superintendent of the Newhall School District, said the district is still working to finalize how many layoffs will have to be issued this year.

The district sent out preliminary layoff notices to 26 teachers this year. Winger said many of those were temporary teachers who were signed to one-year contracts.

“We are in the midst of deciding how many we can bring back,” Winger said. “We think we can bring back most of them.”

The William S. Hart Union High School District will be issuing 10 layoffs this year, according to district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

The district will lay off six instructional assistants and four bus assistants that are assigned to work with special needs students.

Pinsker said these positions are largely based on student need.

“For this fall, positions are being reduced due to students no longer needing the service, as determined by their individualized education plan, or in some cases, graduating,” Pinsker said.

Most of those being laid off will continue to work in some capacity in the Hart district, Pinsker said.

The Castaic Union School District is not laying off any teachers this year, according to Superintendent Jim Gibson, but has put one custodian and four transportation drivers on notice.

Gibson said the custodian will be laid off, but the district hopes to bring back the drivers.

Most local districts cited falling enrollment as the primary culprit behind any staffing reductions this year.

“Over the course of the last four or five years we’ve lost 600-and-some students,” Gibson said. “We need to start making some reductions in force.”



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