School board approves second round of layoff notices
Jeff Hudson | Enterprise staff writer
The Davis school board glumly approved a batch of 50 additional layoff notices on Thursday night. The pink slips form a possible “all cuts” approach to narrowing the school district’s current $3.5 million structural deficit.
But the potential program reductions that the pink slips entail would also mean more crowded classrooms across the school district, longer lines to see a counselor, and a dramatic reduction in vice principals at the junior high level.
The school board approved the layoff list — with no enthusiasm — in order to give the district’s human resources department time to notify employees by the state-mandated March 15 deadline. But several school board trustees stressed that they are hoping that at least some of the layoff notices will be rescinded later in the spring if contract concessions are negotiated between the district and teachers as well as other employees.
This layoff list is over and above the December list of nearly 87 positions that will receive layoff notices in the event that Davis area voters do not approve Measure C, the five-year parcel tax that is now in the midst of a vote-by-mail election that will conclude March 6.
The latest list includes:
- Rescinding class size reduction: 31 full-time equivalent
- English: 1.4 FTE
- Math: 1.4 FTE
- Physical education: 1.6 FTE
- Social science: 1.4 FTE
- Science (life): 0.6 FTE
- Science (physical): 0.6 FTE
- Art: 0.6 FTE
- Computers/business technology: 0.2 FTE
- Regional Occupational Program food sciences: 0.2 FTE
- ROP networking: 0.2 FTE
- ROP funded video/film: 0.2 FTE
- ROP environmental science: 0.2 FTE
- Photography: 0.2 FTE
- Spanish: 1.0 FTE
- French: 0.4 FTE
- Music: 0.6 FTE
- Secondary counseling services: 3.5 FTE
- School social workers: 1.0 FTE
- Psychologist: 1.0 FTE
- Elementary administrator on special assignment: 1.0 FTE
- Junior high school vice principals: 1.8 FTE
TOTAL: 50.1 FTE
This article originally appeared in the Davis Enterprise on February 17, 2012. The complete story is available to subscribers at http://www.davisenterprise.com.