Two library clerks, two outreach consultants and a career center technician were cut by the Galt Joint Union High School District for the second time in two years due to a lack of funding.
Trustees on Tuesday also approved eliminating a part-time transition program job developer, homeless outreach liaison and Adult School typist clerk to help close an anticipated $1.9 million budget shortfall.
"When we get grant approval notification at the beginning of next school year, we will bring back those employees," Chief Finance Officer Audrey Kilpatrick said of the clerk, liaison and developer positions. Those positions are funded by annual grants, and the employees who hold them must be notified within 45 days of June 30.
Last March, trustees also voted to eliminate the career center technician and two outreach consultants, whose duties include locating transient students and encouraging them to return to school. Their attendance boosts the amount of money the school district receives in per-pupil funding.
The career center technician provides assistance to students filling out college, scholarship and financial aid applications.
However, in October, the board provided direction to transfer money from one account to another to rescind some of the previously approved layoffs, including the career center technician, an outreach consultant and a part-time library clerk.
Still, students started the school year unable to check out books because there was no staff to oversee the process at either of the district's two comprehensive high schools.
"I do not want to get into the position we were in last year where we didn't have certain services," trustee Mark Beck said, adding that he would like to revisit bringing classified positions back sooner using other funding.
Trustee Diann Kitamura concurred, but would like to see Galt High School positions restored over Liberty Ranch High School's due to declining enrollment there.
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