In a move that will save $2 million, the Santa Clara County Office of Education will reduce mid- and upper-level management by a net of 17 jobs, according to Superintendent of Schools Xavier De La Torre.

"We're trying to promote a leaner, flatter management structure," De La Torre said.

He said he will eliminate 22 jobs and will create five more, effective July 1. The jobs are not targeted because of the quality of the work performed, De La Torre said, but due to the perception that the office was overstaffed in management. After a review, he said he found that to be true in some cases.

Divisions absorbing more cuts include business services and education services.

The reorganization wasn't triggered to save costs. But the county office will lose about $2 million if the federal budget impasse continues and monies are withheld from programs.

The county office runs special-education programs, Head Start and state preschools, and schools for incarcerated youth and those expelled from their home schools. It also provides business, technology and other services for many school districts in the county.

-- Sharon Noguchi, staff



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