A Galt Adult School administrative assistant is the latest layoff approved for the Galt Joint Union High School District.
Friday's action, which also included reducing the hours of the adult school director, caps a weeklong series of meetings in which trustees approved issuing a number of pink slips for next school year.
The district is facing a $2.2 million shortfall. It could be even higher if tax extensions are not approved by state voters in June.
On Tuesday, in ongoing budget cuts, the board voted to issue classified layoff notices to 10 positions.
Among them are 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.
Sonya Powaser, an outreach consultant at Estrellita High School, believes classified staff is being targeted as an easy way to cut money from the budget.
"The unfortunate part is that these positions are funded through categorical funds — for which grants were written — will now be swept into the general fund to provide money for other positions," she said in an e-mail. "It is unfortunate that our district believes that we do not need to provide dropout prevention, home visits, student study team meetings, student advocates which are provided by the outreach positions."
Also lost will be college application, financial aid and scholarship assistance, now provided by the career center, Powaser added.
"Just a thought that maybe the community would like to see how the classified staff, who have about 25 years of combined service to this district, are treated," she said.
Others whose layoffs are effective June 30 are:
- One library clerk.
- One career center technician.
- One translator/assessor.
- Two part-time instructional coaches.
- One homeless outreach liaison.
- One case manager.
- One program coordinator.
Tuesday's action comes on the heels of a separate decision to cut teachers.
On Feb. 28, the board voted to eliminate seven core curriculum teaching positions and periods of electives such as art and drama. The unanimous decision was made at a special meeting Monday and preliminary pink slips were delivered Thursday.
Although these notices are sent by certified U.S. mail in some districts, Galt's principals hand deliver them.
Two math teachers, two science teachers, two English teachers and a social studies teacher are among those expected to be permantently laid off next school year due to budget cuts. Periods of drama, auto shop, engineering, art and music will also likely be reduced.
Some have questioned whether the $440,000 in federal job funding could be used to save jobs, but it is paying for positions in the current school year, according to Chief Business Official Audrey Kilpatrick.
At Friday's special meeting, trustees voted 3-0 to eliminate the adult school administrative assistant position and reduce the director's hours. Mark Beck and Art Oelsner were absent.
About 2,500 Sacramento County school employees recently learned their jobs are on the line. They will have an uneasy wait.
School officials say few of the preliminary pink slips will be rescinded by the final state-mandated deadline to notify teachers by May 15. District officials are too nervous about the uncertainty of the state budget.
In a letter to county school superintendents Friday, state Superintendent Tom Torlakson noted that time is running dangerously short to place a tax extension before voters.
Torlakson warned that without an extension, an "all-cuts" budget could force the state to cut school spending by as much as $4.5 billion, or 10 percent of the K-12 annual budget. He urged officials to assess the impacts now.
The letter comes two months after Torlakson declared a state of financial emergency in California's schools, which have endured $18 billion in cuts over the last three years, equivalent to about one third of the state's annual spending on K-12 schools each year.
District administrators can't be sure how much money they can expect for the next school year until those tax extensions proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown are decided.
The governor said he won't make any new cuts to education if voters pass a June ballot measure to extend three tax increases. If they don't, he warns that K-12 and community colleges' shares of the state budget would be cut by billions of dollars and a large number of those will be through layoffs.
A teacher's hire date — which is generally the first day of school of the year they begin teaching — plays a big role when it comes to pink slips. That's because the last-hired teachers are the first to receive layoff notices, except in positions the district chooses to protect.
So if two math teachers have the same hire date and one position is available, it could come down to chance on who stays. Some districts put names in a cup or flip a coin.
Districts across California have slashed hundreds of jobs over the past two years to balance budgets strained by $17 billion in state budget cuts.
Last year, about 2,000 teachers received preliminary pink slips locally, and 23,225 educators got notices statewide.
In 2009, 28,000 teachers received pink slips and 16,000 eventually lost their jobs, according to the California Teachers Association.
The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at email@example.com.