RODEO -- Four full-time equivalent teaching positions are scheduled to be eliminated next year in the John Swett Unified School District.

The reduction was approved by the school board last month, and the situation did not change at Wednesday's board meeting. The state-mandated deadline to issue layoff notices to teachers is Friday. Districts can rescind the notices if they later decide to retain the teachers.

Currently, John Swett has 77 full-time equivalent teaching positions, district Superintendent Mike McLaughlin said.

Additionally, probationary teachers accounting for three full-time equivalent positions will not return next year. But those positions could be put out for hire again depending on next year's enrollment, according to fiscal adviser to the district Paul Disario.

One of the probationary positions was eliminated -- at least provisionally -- last month; the other two at Wednesday's board meeting.

The district's enrollment as of last week totaled 1,649 students at four schools -- Rodeo Hills Elementary, Carquinez Middle, John Swett High and Willow Continuation High -- McLaughlin said.

The district's annual budget is around $12.5 million.

The John Swett Unified School District covers the unincorporated Contra Costa communities of Rodeo, Crockett, Tormey and Port Costa; the Foxboro section of the city of Hercules; and unincorporated Franklin Canyon.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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