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Lodi Unified School District considers cutting 177 positions in 2011

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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:14 am, Fri Feb 11, 2011.

Lodi Unified School District trustees will be asked Tuesday to approve eliminating more than 177 certificated positions next school year, far less than in past years. Still, among those are 99 elementary teachers.

District officials are expecting another large turnout at the public meeting. It will be held in McNair High School's theater which accommodates 720.

Although not an actual budget proposal, action taken Tuesday is based on a strict timeline the district must meet.

It is legally required to notify employees of potential layoffs on March 15, with final notices issued May 15. After that, the board can rescind any layoff notices.

Classified employees, on the other hand, must be notified 45 days before being laid off. That resolution will likely go before the board in April.

Among the positions proposed to be eliminated in 2011-12 and discussed Tuesday are:

  • 18 instructional coaches among all grade levels.
  • 14 elementary school counselors.
  • 11 high school English teachers.
  • 8.5 full-time equivalent elementary school vice principals.
  • Five high school physical education teachers.
  • Four high school librarians.
  • Four high school assistant principals.
  • Three high school social science teachers.
  • Two school nurses.
  • Both the vice principal and principal of the adult education program.

Last February, to deal with a $30 million budget shortfall, almost 410 positions were approved to be eliminated in the first step of the lay-off process.

Two years ago, the board voted to issue 390 teacher layoff notices and cut seven additional positions from the administration office to close a $25 million budget gap. The vote, however, wasn't taken until well after midnight and five hours after the meeting started.

Many of those personnel were reinstated when the district opted to use federal stimulus money to save jobs.

Tuesday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at McNair High School, 9550 E. Ronald E. McNair Dr., in Stockton. The meeting agenda can be viewed at esbagenda.lodiusd.net.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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