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Saugus Union hires back 15 teachers

Posted: June 1, 2012 5:35 p.m.
Updated: June 1, 2012 5:35 p.m.

The Saugus Union School District has hired back 15 full-time teachers who were laid off in May, district officials announced Friday.

The elementary school district was able to rehire the classroom teachers after studying student enrollment and staff attrition for the 2012-13 school year.

"We will be carefully monitoring student enrollment throughout the summer in hopes of being able to restore additional positions," Superintendent Joan Lucid said in a statement Friday.

In May, Saugus Union board members laid off 79 teachers and counselors as a way to deal with state budget cuts.

At the time, the school district was preparing to increase class sizes to an average of 30 students across all grades, which means fewer teachers.

With Friday's announcement, Saugus Union will now have 320 general education teachers, Lucid said.

Saugus Union, along with other Santa Clarita Valley school districts, has spent the last year trimming school budgets in an effort to deal with fewer dollars from Sacramento.

The school district most recently was given a "qualified" budget status by the state. The designation means the district may not be able to meet its financial obligations for the subsequent fiscal years.

In response, Saugus Union has been making cuts by issuing layoffs and unpaid days off for all employees.




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