Atascadero Unified School District to lay off seven non-teaching employees

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.

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