ALAMEDA — Some 130 Alameda teachers, administrators and other school district workers will receive pink slips as officials look to save $7 million in the face of the ongoing state budget crisis.
Some layoffs may be put on hold, however, if Alameda voters pass Measure E, a proposed parcel tax that would generate about $14 million for the district.
Trustees voted to approve the cuts Tuesday.
The jobs of some staffers who will receive pink slips were already in jeopardy because they work at Chipman Middle School, which will close. A charter school will open at the site in the fall.
Others are losing their jobs because of an increase in class size for students in kindergartners through third-grade, and for high school freshmen.
Trustee Trish Spencer voted against the layoffs, saying the jobs might have been saved if officials closed smaller schools instead.
Patricia Sanders of the Alameda Education Association, which represents the district's approximately 620 teachers, said officials should consider early retirement and other incentives as a way to save jobs.
District leaders needed to issue the notices to meet a state deadline today, despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger still not having issued his May budget revisions, which could change how much state money is earmarked for public schools.
Trustees are expected to vote June 22 on adopting a budget for the upcoming school year.
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Those cuts could include closing some smaller schools next year and eliminating middle school counselors.
As a mail-in only ballot, Measure E will go out to Island voters May 25 and will be due at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters on June 22 — the same day trustees will vote on a budget.
It will need a two-thirds majority to pass.
Critics say the proposed tax will unfairly burden business property owners because they must pay a different rate than homeowners.
They also have hinted they will sue if it wins.
The district's two previous parcel taxes for schools — and which Measure E would replace — are currently in court over allegations that they are also unfairly applied.
The proposed tax calls for owners of single-family homes, condominiums and apartment buildings with less than four units to pay $659 annually. Commercial and industrial property owners, as well as owners of buildings with five or more units, would pay 13 cents per square foot.
There would be a $9,500 cap. Seniors could apply for an exemption.