To cope with budget cuts, the Merced City School District Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass a resolution that will send layoff notices to 18 teachers and one coordinator.
This decision will save the school district an estimated $1.4 million next year, school officials said.
At the district's March 9 meeting, school officials will propose another resolution to send pink slips to 20 more teachers.
The proposed layoffs will not impact class sizes for next year, said the district associate superintendent Greg Spicer. Last year, class size was affected by cuts.
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Teachers must receive their layoff notices by March 15, the statutory deadline for informing teachers of next year's possible layoffs.
Layoffs won't be final until the state and the district's 2010-2011 budgets are adopted. The district is scheduled to approve next year's budget June 30.
Currently, the Merced City School District is in its second year of deficit spending because of the state's financial crisis.
The district's budget for this fiscal year is $81.3 million, a significant cut from the $91 million the district spent in 2008-2009.
To deal with last year's diminished funding, the district cut 25 full-time teaching positions, four administrative positions, 5.5 classified employee positions, funding for Camp Green Meadows and changed class-size reduction programs to add more students to each classroom.
The district will send out pink slips for the following positions:
One community day school teacher
One English learner-intervention support core teacher
Three intervention teachers/coaches
One special education specialist
One special education teacher
One sheltered core teacher
Four site day school teachers
One Even Start coordinator
Five preschool instructional coaches
One coordinator position
According to the California Teacher's Association, $17 million was cut from California public schools, including public colleges, over the past two years.
On March 4, teachers, students and public education supporters from around the state will unite for "Start the Day for Students," a rally in Sacramento and schools throughout the state to protest future cuts to public education spending.
Reporter Jamie Oppenheim can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.