Orange County School District Layoff Updates: Anaheim Union High School District To Cut Up To 151 Jobs While Capistrano Unified School District Will Eliminate Up To 27 Administrators

The Anaheim Union High School Board voted Thursday to cut 151 jobs as part of an effort to erase a looming budget deficit.

Seventy-seven of the cuts were to certificated positions – 73 teachers, two administrative jobs and two counselors. The rest were to classified employees, including clerks, instructional assistants and secretaries. The cuts would go into effect at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

“This district is absolutely saddened by the position we find ourselves in,” said Superintendent Joseph Farley. “These kinds of reductions will have a profound effect on the district.”

Almost every district-level administrator in the Capistrano Unified School District is expected to be pink-slipped this week under a radical cost-cutting strategy that’s intended to give district trustees “maximum flexibility” as they work to pare next year’s budget.

The school board tonight is expected to authorize issuing tentative layoff notices to 27 administrators who work at the district’s San Juan Capistrano headquarters – along with 262 classroom teachers and about 119 other employees – to help close a $25 million budget gap.

“We understood it would be coming to this,” school board President Ellen Addonizio said. “We need maximum flexibility in moving forward in the next few years, based on the problems that the state of California has.”

(From OC Register articles….)


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