Layoff Notices Issued for North County Teachers

Up to 129 layoff notices could go out next week

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    Bill Wechter/North County Times
    Sam Pelts, a teacher at Farr Elementary School who is wearing a pink shirt because she received a pink slip, and Carrie Gilardone, a teacher at Juniper Elementary School whose job has been in jeopardy, listen Thursday night as a speaker talks about budget cuts to be implemented in the Escondido Union School District. (Photo by Bill Wechter - Staff photographer)

    Escondido, Poway and Vista are all issuing layoff notices to teachers as they try and manage budget shortfalls.

    At a school board meeting Thursday night, teachers wore pink shirts to protest the 77 layoff notices sent to teachers, proposed salary cuts of 3 percent, five furlough days and increases in class sizes.

    The Escondido Union School District is trying to trim $11.3 million.

    The district sent layoff notices to 54 teachers last year, and all but 14 were rescinded according to our media partners the North County Times. Of those, 34 people are working in the district this year under temporary contracts.

    The Poway Unified School District will send layoff notices by next week to more than 129 employees because of budget cuts.  By state law, teachers must be told by March 15 if they might be laid off.   One official says it's a "sad but necessary strategy" to offset a $24 million budget deficit. 

    In Vista, talks between the district and the teachers union hit a snag Wednesday.

    The district has asked teachers to accept larger classes, take a 2 percent pay cut and agree to shorten their work year by as many as seven days. Teachers have agreed to take five furlough days and temporarily larger class sizes, but not the salary rollback, Jan O'Reilly, president of the teachers union told the paper.

    The district hopes to cut $15 million by eliminating 151 permanent teaching positions and 82 positions for teachers hired on an annual contract.

    In the South Bay, there's an outpouring of support for four teachers in danger of losing their jobs at Southwest High School. Teachers, students and parents spoke out at the Sweetwater Union High School District board meeting Monday night.  

    The district is considering whether to renew the contracts of four probationary teachers. The principal and superintendent are recommending  they be let go.

    The board will vote on whether to renew their contracts in a closed session.