Lucia Mar expected to release list of eliminated positions March 2

Lucia Mar district officials are expected to release on March 2 a list of positions that will be eliminated to help close a projected $5 million deficit in the school district’s 2010-11 budget.

“We are still hammering out how many positions will be eliminated,” said Michelle Ellis, the district’s deputy superintendent of business services.

District officials do not expect the number of initial layoff notices to be as high as last year, when 220 were given out. The district ultimately laid off 90 teachers last year but was able to reinstate 30 of them.

The list of positions will affect certificated employees working for the district in full-time equivalent positions, she said. Some employees may be eligible to take another position with the district if their job is slated to be cut.

The district’s current general fund budget is about $57 million but is projected to drop to $54 million in the 2010-11 year.

The district faces its fifth consecutive year of declining enrollment. It currently receives about $4,960 per student from the state; that amount is also expected to decrease to about $4,740 in the 2010-11 school year.

-- Cynthia Lambert