Based on changing enrollment and student needs, the Livermore school district will send out preliminary layoff notices to teachers by next week.
The school board voted Tuesday to send layoff warnings for 28 full-time-equivalent positions. The notices cover 15 positions in elementary schools and 13 at the middle and high school levels and include positions in physical education, foreign language, math and science, said Chris Van Schaack, assistant superintendent.
The decision was meant to comply with state law to issue the preliminary warnings by March 15 and was not due to the uncertainty of a November state tax measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Final layoff notices could be issued in May.
problem we have this year is there is an election in November after school begins,” said William Dunlop, the board president.
“If it doesn’t pass, it could have ramifications on our budget.”
The district could lose $4.6 million in funding if the tax initiative fails Nov. 6.
Brown’s plan would raise taxes on those making $250,000 or more and increase sales tax by a half-cent.
Though the preliminary layoff notices approved Tuesday do not account for the potential loss of revenue, the district is working on a contingency plan if the initiative fails in November, said Superintendent Kelly Bowers.
“Our board and district have been very prudent and fiscally conservative, and we have already had multiple years of
budget reductions,” Bowers said.
“We now have a 4 percent reserve and additional reserve set aside for economic uncertainty to ensure solvency in these uncertain fiscal times.”
Livermore has been spared devastating cuts the past two years because it has cut nearly $34 million from its $106 million budget over the past four years.
The district has used reserves this year, implemented a retirement incentive last year and has received concessions from labor groups the past three
“We do this dance every year,” said Anne White, the longest sitting board member. “We start in February and then we move to the reductions. This is a ritual that we go through every year and we are just following the education code and this is our best guess and we have to trust the details we have.”
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