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Forget most pink slips

School districts are rescinding many layoff notices; 81 jobs could be saved at Sulphur Springs

Posted: May 7, 2009 9:37 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

There will be no teacher layoffs at Saugus Union School District. And Sulphur Springs School District plans to rescind all 81 of its layoff notices. Castaic Union School District, meanwhile, expects to take back 28 of its 36 layoff notices to teachers, the superintendents of the three districts said Thursday.

All three districts announced layoff recisions as the amount of federal stimulus funding each will receive becomes clearer, and as teachers either retire or leave the district, district officials said. The William S. Hart Union High School District also rescinded all of its teacher layoff notices in April.

“All 35 teachers who had the notification for potential layoff are now restored,” Saugus Union Superintendent Judy Fish said.

Saugus Union’s board signed off on pulling back the layoff notices Tuesday.

“The board felt very comfortable with the remaining positions being restored,” Fish said.

The move by Saugus Union comes after the district rescinded 18 of the pink slips initially sent to teachers in March.

At Sulphur Springs, 81 layoff notices are expected to be taken back during Wednesday’s board meeting, Superintendent Robert Nolet said.

The notices were sent to certificated employees in March.

“We’ve gotten the word that Title I and IDEA are flowing,” Nolet said, referring to an influx of federal funds. “We built our models based on those two things.”

The district will also shift class sizes for the 2009-10 school year, he said.

Class sizes for third grade at Sulphur Springs will increase from 20 to 24 students. First- and second-grades class sizes remain at 20 students while kindergarten shifts from up to 30 students to 24 students, he said.

“By doing that, it pretty much absorbs all of our attrition,” Nolet said.

At Castaic Union, 28 of the 36 pink slips are expected to be taken back, Superintendent James Gibson said.

Castaic Union board members will make the final decision whether to rescind the notices on Monday, he said.

Like Sulphur Springs, Castaic Union officials now have a better understanding of how much money will arrive from the federal stimulus package. This allowed them to take back the pink slips.

Saugus Union cites the early-retirement-incentive program, job sharing and natural attrition for the ability to rescind the layoffs.



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