The Lucia Mar school board, potentially facing a $3.5 million budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year, will again have to make some painful decisions, including layoffs.
Up to 56 teachers, counselors and classified staff members, such as instructional aides and computer lab assistants, could receive layoff notices in the South County district, said Michelle Ellis, assistant superintendent of human resources.
The board did not take any action Tuesday but will consider district Superintendent Jim Hogeboom’s budget recommendations at a special meeting on Tuesday. The district is required to distribute initial layoff notices by March 15; final notices are handed out in May, and the board will finalize its budget in June.
In a report to the school board, Hogeboom wrote: “These are very difficult times for education, and it is wearing to have to do this. While we will do everything possible to minimize the impact of these cuts on the classroom, unfortunately, we are already beyond this point.”
An additional 22 classified staff members, two ROP teachers and five resource teachers could have their hours reduced. The cuts are due in part to a loss in federal stimulus funding.
Whether the district faces millions in cuts depends on whether the state Legislature agrees to place a measure on the June ballot to extend temporary taxes that are set to expire.
The Lucia Mar district faces an additional estimated loss of $700,000 due to declining enrollment, Hogeboom said. The district has about 200 fewer students today than it did two years ago, said Janice Smith, interim assistant superintendent of business.
The board did take action Tuesday to approve a minimal summer school that will include two programs serving about 350 elementary and middle school students and up to 180 high school students, at a cost of $72,501.
The board voted 5-2, with members Dawn Hinchman and Erik Howell dissenting.
The high school program would pay three teachers and allow juniors and seniors to make up credits in English, math and history. In past years, 20 to 24 teachers have taught summer school classes, said Andy Stenson, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum.
The elementary and middle school program would give 17 teachers the opportunity to work with students who are performing significantly below their grade level.
Special education summer school will be unaffected.
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