About 50 teachers, counselors, classroom-support assistants and other employees in the county’s largest school district will receive a layoff notice this week.
Reassignment notices will also go out to about a dozen other positions in the Lucia Mar Unified district, as well as to 22 classified staff members, such as library technicians, mechanics and a secretary, who will have their hours reduced.
The Lucia Mar district faces a $3.5 million shortfall in its $51 million general fund budget, depending on whether temporary taxes are extended past the end of June.
The district also anticipates a loss of $700,000 due to declining enrollment. A February enrollment count for the district totaled 10,500 students.
The district has cut more than $9.6 million in the past three years, according to Superintendent Jim Hogeboom.
The school district board Tuesday approved eliminating 25 credentialed positions — though 13 will be reassigned to other positions in the district, said Michelle Ellis, the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources. The 12 positions eliminated include English teachers, three counselors, one school nurse and several ROP positions.
In addition, 37 classified staff, mostly classroom and computer lab assistants, will be laid off; one position will be reassigned, and 22 others will have their hours reduced.
Credentialed employees must receive the notice by a statutory deadline of March 15; classified employees must receive a notice of termination no later than 45 days before their employment is to end.
Ellis added that seven teachers have been hired to fill positions created by a federally funded teacher evaluation and training program that the district will put in place at six or seven of its schools. Doing so prevented the district from having to issue seven additional layoff notices to teachers, she said.
The district board will consider final notices in May and finalize its budget in June.
— Cynthia Lambert
A no-obligation orientation for young women interested in competing in the 2011 Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Paso Robles Event Center Skybox, 2198 Riverside Ave.
The deadline to apply for the pageant is 4 p.m. April 1.
Those interested must be between the ages of 17 and 22 by July 20, be a current resident of San Luis Obispo County and have never been married.
Each contestant will compete in five categories:
A platform of community service is also a requirement.
If selected as the queen or a princess, a participant must be able to attend every day of the fair, set for July 20 through July 31, to participate in numerous public events.
All contestants will receive gifts. The queen and princesses will receive prizes from local businesses.
The pageant is planned for 7:30 p.m. July 19 on the Budweiser Fort Frontier Stage at the Event Center.
Applications are available at the Event Center and at www.midstatefair.com.
For more information, contact pageant coordinator Patti Lucas at 612-6971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Tonya Strickland