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Atascadero school board to vote on 18 teacher layoffs

Eighteen Atascadero teachers stand to lose their jobs tonight.

The Atascadero Unified School District school board is expected to vote at its regular meeting on whether to officially lay off the certificated employees.

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. Among the cost-cutting measures proposed is the elimination of the equivalent of 20.46 full-time positions. Affected employees were notified in March.

According to district documents, the Atascadero school employees who could receive a “Final Notice of Termination” are:

  • Shauna Ames, a teacher at Monterey Road Elementary School
  • Deborah Beck, a counselor at Atascadero Junior High School
  • Hiram Burrus, a band teacher at Santa Rosa Academic Academy
  • Paul Cappellano, a Learning Center teacher at Atascadero High School
  • Steve Collins, a teacher at the Fine Arts Academy
  • Julie Cross, a teacher at San Benito Elementary School
  • Julie C. Davis, a teacher at Santa Rosa Academy
  • Kara Ferrell, an AVID/Learning Center teacher at Atascadero High School
  • Grace Franklin, a Learning Center/English Lanuage Learners teacher at San Benito Elementary School
  • Teresa Harback, a teacher at Santa Rosa Academy
  • Lynne Hendrickson, a teacher at San Gabriel Elementary School
  • Christine Miller, a Learning Center teacher at Creston Elementary School
  • Rebecca Morris, a Spanish teacher at Atascadero High School
  • Jill-Anna Myers, a teacher at the Fine Arts Academy
  • Anne Olson, a music and choral teacher
  • Barbara Radovich, an art teacher at Atascadero High School
  • Rebecca Trueman, a music teacher
  • Dorothy Wagster, a teacher at Santa Margarita Elementary School

The Atascadero Unified School District Board of Directors meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the Kenneth Beck Building, 5601 West Mall in Atascadero.

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