On Tuesday, the Coronado school board voted to issue pink slips to 24 staff members. NBC 7’s education reporter Rory Devine explains why the district is blaming the decision on state funding.
The Coronado Unified School District is the latest local district to issue pink slips.
On Tuesday, the school board voted to lay off 24 teachers and staff members.
“Our total count of employees is approximately 300, so it's a little less than ten percent in terms of numbers of employees,” Assistant Superintendent Keith Butler, Ph.D, said. “But still, any employee that has to face this it’s too much.”
Butler said the district has to slash expenses, partly because of the governor’s new Local Control Funding Formula. Under the new state formula, more money is given to larger, more diverse districts, like the San Diego Unified School District.
San Diego Unified said the new formula is only part of the solution to its balanced budget.
“It made a difference in terms of overall budget. It did. It didn’t necessarily reduce the entire amount, but it's part of a mix of options we're looking at,” said Moises Aguierre with SDUSD.
The layoffs in Coronado could be reversed if a bond measure passes in June that would free up money in the General Fund.
The district must notify employees about the layoffs by March 15.