DENAIR -- Denair Unified School District board members will be asked Thursday to further cut teachers' hours, lay off more support staff for next year and hear an update on the district's financial recovery plan.
Up for a vote will be the reduction of hours for 14 high school teachers, most for one period each. Because high school teaching credentials qualify holders to teach a single subject, a small high school often needs many part-time teachers to cover every subject. Denair High, with about 350 students, is the smallest comprehensive high school in the county.
The move would bring total teacher layoffs for its regular schools to the equivalent of 7.24 full-time slots for the 2013-14 school year, saving the district $457,356. The same agenda item lays out criteria to decide layoffs in cases of equal seniority.
The board will consider laying off eight support staff and cutting the hours of a dozen more, including campus supervisors, bilingual aides and computer techs. The cuts would trim $262,140 in costs.
Denair needs to cut ongoing expenses by $1.3 million by the end of the next year to remain solvent. In earlier meetings, it laid off a maintenance supervisor mid-year, trimmed management salaries by 3.5 percent and started the process to change its arts-
enriched elementary charter school into a regular district school.
Trustees are expected to confirm Michelle Bush as interim principal for the remainder of the school year at Denair Charter Academy, the district's independent study and alternative education charter school.
The district will meet next at a special meeting called for Feb. 28.
The Denair Unified School District board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the district boardroom, 3460 Lester Road, Denair. Find exhibits and agenda at http://bit.ly/DenairUnified.