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TUSD trustees look at classified layoffs
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The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider laying off an undisclosed number of classified employees at their Tuesday meeting. According to the TUSD board agenda, the number of reductions in positions and specified classifications will be provided at the board meeting. If the District decides to layoff classified employees due to a lack of work and/or funds, they must notify the classified employees 45 days in advance, in order to comply with the Education Code.
The TUSD Budget Advisory Committee will also be presenting their suggestions to the trustees on Tuesday. The committee’s budget cut solutions include increased class sizes that will eliminate teachers, freezes in step and column raises and reduced salaries by a set percentage.
The Board of Trustees will not take action on the suggested budget reductions at Tuesday’s meeting.
In the suggestions there are two lists that the board will look over. The first priority list totals to $4,300,942 in savings covering the expected $3.9 million short-fall in the 2010-2011 budget. The second list totals out to $2.9 million to prepare for failed negotiable items in priority list one or if the budget situation gets worse with the State’s May Revised budget.
Some of the suggestions on the priority one list include retaining Medi-Cal Administrative Activities funding of about $1.9 million instead of distributing them to the appropriate schools sites, conducting a freeze in step and column raises totaling about $1.15 million and reducing salaries by a set percentage.
Some of the suggestions on the priority two list include charging a fee for athletics and extra-curricular transportation for students in seventh grade up to 12th grade, increasing class sizes up to 30 students per class from grades kindergarten to third grade for a total of $1.9 million in savings and increasing class sizes by one student for grades fourth through 12th for a savings of $671,000.
The Board of Trustees will also receive information on projected enrollment growth that could potentially create future needs for the District like a new elementary school by 2014-2015, a new junior high school after 2014-2015, a new alternative education high school in 2012-2013 and a new high school after 2014-2015.
The TUSD Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Turlock High Performing Arts Building. The meeting is open to the public.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.