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Districts to send layoff notices

Castaic Union and Sulpher Springs to inform teachers, administrators

Posted: February 27, 2009 12:38 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Castaic Union and Sulphur Springs school districts together will send 103 layoff notices to teachers and administrators by March 15 as school officials plan for 2009-10 budget cuts, educators said Thursday.

A total of 39 notices will be sent to full-time employees at Castaic Union School District. Twenty-eight of the notices will be sent to teachers, counselors and a psychologist, said Castaic district superintendent James Gibson.

An additional 11 notices will be sent to administrators, which includes assistant superintendents, directors and coordinators, he said.
Not everyone who receives a notice will be laid off.

"I'm certain it's not going to be that number," said John Kunak, Castaic board president.

Sulphur Springs board members approved sending 64 notices to full-time employees, said Superintendent Robert Nolet.

Forty-nine of the notices are for kindergarten-through-sixth-grade classroom teaching positions.

"Now that we have a state budget and federal stimulus, we're trying to see how all of that dovetails in relation to minimizing the number of things we have to do," Nolet said.

The preliminary notices are to notify the employees of possible release from their positions for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Final layoff notices must be sent by May 15.

"We're doing everything we can not to cause panic," Kunak said, adding the district wants to avoid laying off any employees.


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