Trustees of the Liberty Union High School District revisited an expanded list of proposed budget reductions last week and issued pink slips to three employees.
The three employees — just two of whom will lose their jobs — all have teaching credentials but none works in the classroom. The third employee would be displaced only if one of the other two exercises their bumping rights instead of leaving.
Although the school board has not officially adopted the two pages of spending cuts, the district already has acted on one of the proposals.
Six teachers have accepted a $10,000 incentive to retire early, paving the way for the district to hire less-experienced replacements at lower salaries, noted Associate Superintendent Jerry Glenn.
Administrators emphasized that the cost-saving proposals still could change between now and when they adopt next year's budget in June as the state's financial situation becomes clearer.
How much property tax revenue Sacramento will receive remains to be seen, as do the results of a special election May 19 when voters will weigh in on six propositions that could affect education funding.
Educators are gunning for three in particular, but if any of them fail, the state could end up short on money again, Business Manager Rick Miller said.
That would spell trouble for schools because they receive one of the largest chunks of California's budget, so lawmakers very well might target them in trying to close the gap, he said. If the situation remains as bleak as it is now, however, more employees could be terminated or have their hours cut. Night custodians, a grant writer and clerical staff are on the list, as are assistant coaches for every varsity sport and all three levels of football.
Bus transportation fees might go up along with class sizes; campus supervisors, library clerks, counselors and assistant principals might find themselves out of work.
The district also is considering charging students parking fees, installing solar panels and putting textbooks online.
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