Paso Robles, Lucia Mar school districts announce teacher layoffs

Unless other funding measures arrive before then, 26 teachers in the Paso Robles Unified School District will be laid off June 30, the result of continued budget cuts.

Forced to slash $2.2 million due to cuts in state funding, the Paso Robles school board had announced in March that it would send layoff notices to 28 teachers. Due to retirements and resignations since then, the board ultimately decided it would need to lay off 26.

The layoffs are effective June 30.

Last year, layoff notices were sent to 70 teachers, and more than 50 teachers received pink slips the year before.

The Lucia Mar Unified School District board also approved issuing final layoff notices this week to teachers and other credentialed employees. Fourteen employees will receive a layoff notice, including nine teachers in the Regional Occupation Program (ROP) at Arroyo Grande and Nipomo high schools.

In addition, the board voted to approve eliminating one classified job, the theater manager position at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts. In March, the board voted to layoff 37 classified staff, mostly classroom and computer lab assistants, and library technicians; to reassign one position and reduce the hours of 22 others.