Orange County School District Layoff Updates: Westminster School District And Garden Grove Unified School District Are Not Announcing Any Job Cuts While Los Alamitos Unified School District Says Up To 100 Teachers May Lose Jobs

 LOS ALAMITOS– One hundred teachers may lose their jobs as school officials look to offset a $5.6 million budget deficit prompted by the state’s grim financial status.The district will hand out 100 pink slips to teachers by Sunday, officials said. The slips do not guarantee that teachers will lose their jobs but it warns them of the possibility.

The district is researching possible budget relief measures that could restore some program and personnel cuts, officials said.

Los Alamitos Unified School District serves about 9,400 students in 10 schools in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach.

School board members have approved $618,000 in cuts to its current $88 million budget and $4 million in reductions to its 2009-10 budget, school officials said.

WESTMINSTER – The school district will not lay off any teachers, but will most likely make the cuts with its temporary teaching staff, officials said.

The Westminster School District cut $3.4 million from its $80 million budget last year in anticipation of the state budget crisis, said district spokeswoman Trish Montgomery. The district also reduced its categorical budgets by 6.5 percent or $500,000, she said.

“We are not planning on laying off any teachers,” Montgomery said. However, the district usually hired about 75 temporary teachers each year, which may change, she said.

“We’re hoping not to lose all of them,” Montgomery said.

GARDEN GROVE — The school district, despite a severe budget deficit, will try not to eliminate teaching positions, officials said.

“We have not nor do we plan to send out any layoff notices to our teachers,” said Alan Trudell, spokesman for the school district. “We’re trying not to cut people, but we are cutting positions.”

The district will also need to scale back on several programs considering the projected $62 million budget shortfall over the next three years, Trudell said.

“That means we’ll be scaling back summer school as well as eliminating most conference attendance,” he said.

The district has also negotiated its teacher-to-student ratio from 29.1 to 31.1 beginning the next school year, Trudell said. But the district will still preserve the 20-to-1 class sizes in grades one, two, three and kinder-1 combination classes.


(From OC Register articles….)


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….)