Paso Robles school board cuts 15 positions

The equivalent of 15 classified staff positions will be downsized in the Paso Robles school district, the result of a unanimous school board vote Tuesday. Meanwhile, a letter issued by the board Wednesday suggests continued teacher pay cuts are necessary.

The district’s staff had recommended the cuts in classified staff due to a lack of funds, lack of work and declining enrollment. That recommendation was presented to the board during a special meeting.

Positions impacted include instructional assistants and a translator.

The day after the hearing, the board sent an open letter to the public, saying its goal is to keep the district solvent, “not only for this school year, but for the future.”

As the district recommends continued pay cuts, both the classified and certified unions have voted no-confidence in Superintendent Kathy McNamara. But in its letter, the board supported McNamara.

“To blame the budget and program cuts the district has been forced to make on any one individual is intellectually dishonest,” the letter states. Cuts in state funding, the letter states, should be blamed.

Because the district has built its reserves, the teacher’s union wants furlough days removed and full pay reinstated.