The notices don't necessarily mean all those employees will lose their jobs in the 2011-12 school year, but the district by law must notify workers whose positions are in jeopardy.
"We must plan for the worst because it just might happen," Deputy Superintendent John Deasy wrote in a memo to the board and Superintendent Ramon Cortines.
The layoff warnings will be sent to 4,000 educators, and 1,000 cafeteria workers and janitors, officials said, to help carve away at a $408 million deficit next year. Pink slips will also be sent to an additional 2,000 educators whose jobs had been spared over the last three years because of an infusion of federal stimulus money.
Without cuts to personnel and other programs, the district will be unable to meet its financial obligations, opening itself up to a takeover by the Los Angeles County Superintendent's Office.
"There are no preferable ways to reduce costs in order to bring our budget into balance," Deasy wrote.
"Nobody wants this plan or endorses it, but we must adopt this plan in order to proceed in finding a path toward restoration."
The district's budget problems could improve if legislators and voters heed a call by Gov. Jerry Brown to approve a series of tax increases and extensions on the June ballot. That would reduce LAUSD's deficit from $408 million to $183 million.