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More teacher layoffs to be considered

Newhall, Saugus to vote Tuesday

Posted: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The governing boards for both the Saugus Union School District and the Newhall School District are set to vote Tuesday night on recommendations to send out the preliminary layoff notices to dozens of certificated employees.

The notices are required by law and let certificated employees, which include teachers, counselors and assistant principals, know they may lose their job before the start of the next school year.

Such notices have to be sent out before March 15, according to Newhall district Superintendent Marc Winger.

The Newhall district would send out notices to 26 classroom and physical education teachers as well as one music teacher.

“Although our budget situation has stabilized, the classroom and PE teacher layoffs are for temporary teaching contracts only and are occurring because of declining enrollment,” Winger wrote in an email.

Winger wrote he remains hopeful that some of these layoffs may be avoided through natural staff attrition or a more favorable state funding picture.

“As (has) happened in the past, we hope to bring back temporary teachers as soon as we finalize enrollment and staffing and find out about attrition,” Winger wrote.

Information on the number of notices sent out by the Saugus district was not included in board documents released Friday.

The Sulphur Springs School District sent out preliminary layoff notices to 16 teachers last week.

The final number of layoffs for school districts may change over the next few months, as districts have until May 15 to finalize staffing decisions for the upcoming school year.

The Saugus district meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 24930 Ave. Stanford. The Newhall district meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 25375 Orchard Village Road, room 200, in Valencia.


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