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LEUSD Board Approves 73 Job Cuts

The layoffs come as the district grapples with a $15 million deficit in the 2012-13 school-year budget.

In a 5-0 vote Thursday night, the Lake Elsinore Unified School District governing board approved giving pink slips to 73 district employees, most of them school bus drivers and transportation support personnel.

The layoffs come as the district grapples with a $15 million deficit in the 2012-13 school-year budget. The shortfall includes a $2.1 million cut in state funding to the district’s school bus program.

Of the 73 job cuts approved by the board Thursday, approximately two-thirds are school bus drivers and transportation support personnel who will be let go at the end of the current school year.

The remaining non-transportation non-teaching positions could be salvaged if an agreement to take non-paid furlough days is reached by the California School Employees Association, according to district spokesman Mark Dennis. The CSEA is scheduled to meet Friday, Dennis said.

Instead of job cuts, an agreement put in place 12 non-paid furlough days for the teachers.

Thursday’s transportation cuts were expected. for the 2012-13 school year after Governor Jerry Brown proposed to cut funding for the program. The district has stated that if the governor brings back the funding, it would consider restoring school bus service for students but has warned there are no guarantees given its $15 million budget shortfall that extends beyond bussing.

Under state law, districts are required to provide school bus service for special needs students and the LEUSD has confirmed it will meet that mandate.

Thursday’s vote to move forward with layoffs prior to final word out of Sacramento and ahead of a possible agreement with the CSEA was a matter of protocol: Under state law, a district must give its classified employees notice prior to layoffs.

Joe 15 April 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
My mom is is a single parent with five kids who just lost her job as I go to my district's website I see that there are five Assistant superintendents and a superintendent and at least two dozen directors and their assistants. How is that fair to see that many admins whose salaries equate to at least a few millions or more? It kills me to see my mom applying for food stamps if she can't find another job soon. I guess life is not fair... http://leusd.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/568567/File/District%20Info/2011-12%20Organizational%20Chart%202_rev081011.pdf
Dave McDougal April 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Dear Editor Toni, You have done an incredible job and have done some great stories in LE-Wildomar. In such a short period of time, both towns are talking about the work of Patch. Recently, I read "Joe 15's" comment about the amount of admins in our school district. After doing some research, I found that we have the most Assistant sups. and directors in the neighboring school districts. My request to you is Toni, could you please do a story and publish their salaries for us readers to see why we have so many admins? I would appreciate it and I am sure the other readers will appreciate it as well. Keep up the great work in our area. God bless you always! Regards, Dave McDougal
Michelle Vallejos-Moore April 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Good Idea Dave! Please disclose their car allowances and how raises they get while others are getting pink slips. I think this is something the tax payers should know.
Traci Eagle April 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Toni, Dave and Michelle, Dream on, you will never know how much they all make. You are dealing with people who are pros at hiding wages/benifits and I'm sure they pay a pretty penny to those who do their accounting/books. Good luck to you all, you will know when Hell freezes over.LOL!!!
Uptowntrb May 03, 2012 at 05:33 PM
AND THIS IS THE ATTITUDE THAT INFECTS OUR CITY. i HOPE TO GOD YOU ARE NOT TEACHING MY CHILD!!!

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