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Hart district layoffs on the table

Despite cutbacks, officials expect little impact on classrooms

Posted: March 2, 2009 11:36 p.m.
Updated: March 3, 2009 4:59 a.m.
Hart district board members will consider Wednesday whether to eliminate nine unfilled classified positions, but district officials don't expect to see too much of an impact on employees and students.

"I don't think there will be many people laid off. A lot of the positions are open and simply will not be filled," said Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

About half of the jobs, which include maintenance workers, clerk typists, grounds supervisor and custodial supervisor positions, are filled.

Even though the jobs could be eliminated, it doesn't mean the employees will be out of work.

"Some may be able to move into the position they held before," Willett said, adding that pay cuts are a possibility for those workers.

The other positions were intentionally left open in anticipation of possible cuts, she said.

The eliminations are expected to save $507,035 for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The Hart district anticipates a $34 million budget deficit over the next 30 months.

School districts are required to give employees a 45-day notice of layoffs.

District officials do not for see an impact on student education.

"I'm not seeing any classroom positions," Willett said. "We're not talking about classroom aides or anything like that."

The board signed off on sending preliminary layoff notices to more than 180 certificated employees during the Feb. 18 board meeting.

The number of open positions will change as current staff members retire or leave the district. Final pink slips will be sent by May 15.

The Hart district board is set to meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the district offices, located at 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway. Up for approval is a laboratory for voluntary random drug testing.


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