Atascadero school officials plan to lay off seven classified employees next year, the latest in a series of staffing cuts.
The Atascadero Unified School District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to eliminate or reduce a total of 15 classified positions, district officials said.
Seven people will lose their jobs, including a secretary, a receptionist, a career counselor and two interpreters for the deaf. Four other employees – two accountants and two librarians – will see their hours cut.
Atascadero Unified is also eliminating four vacant positions.
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The cuts come just two weeks after the board voted to lay off 18 certificated employees, including eight elementary school teachers, four special education teachers and a high school Spanish teacher.
Atascadero Unified faces $3.7 million in potential cuts from next year's estimated budget of $33 million, due to declining state revenue, dropping enrollment and other factors.
Previous cost-cutting measures have included unpaid furlough days for administrators and management staff and an early retirement incentive program.
Due to reduced staffing hours, the district office will be closed for a total of 10 days during the 2010-2011 school year, the board determined Tuesday.
-- Sarah Linn