BRISBANE -- The fate of nearly a dozen teachers and aides hinges on the outcome of a special April election in the Brisbane School District.

Early voting and mail balloting have already begun for Measure Q, a $156-per-parcel tax that would close a $500,000 budget hole for the beleaguered district, which operates two elementary schools and a middle school.

Last year, district voters approved Measure W, which extended a previous tax for five years and increased it from $96 per parcel to $119 to account for inflation. But that did not solve the fiscal problems of the district, which last year made $600,000 in cuts, including layoffs, to balance its budget.

Last week, 11 district staff members -- eight teachers and three library aides -- received layoff notices. If Measure Q passes, those jobs likely are safe.

Ken Walker, president of the district's board of trustees, said the six-year measure would give the district time to implement a long-term solution to its budget deficit. To that end, the district has commissioned a study on the impact of either closing one of its schools or merging with the Bayshore Elementary School District in Daly City.

"We want to avoid closing a school," Walker said. "That's our worst-case scenario."


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The early voting period for the April 10 election began last week, meaning voters who want to cast their ballot before Election Day may do so at the county Elections Office in San Mateo. Voters with mail ballots may send them to the Elections Office; they may also drop them off in person at the Elections Office or the Brisbane or Daly City city halls.

Contact Aaron Kinney at 650-348-4357.