Rialto, CA District Lays Off 96 Employees to Balance Budget

The district has sent tentative layoff notices to nearly 100 employees in an effort to balance its troubled budget.

Final layoff notices are being sent out to 85 teachers and 11 counselors in Rialto, California as part of the district’s effort to close a $9.5 million budget deficit for the next school year, The San Berdnardino Sun reports. Among those terminated are 7 elementary school teachers, 4 high school math teachers, 4 social science teachers, 12 sixth grade teachers and 12 preschool teachers. Earlier this year, the Rialto School Board also laid off about 100 teachers on temporary contracts.

Lisa Lindberg, the President of the Rialto Education Association, said that she was hopeful that some of the staffing moves could be reversed when the state releases revised budget numbers for next year. She speculated that all of the permanent employees and even some contractors could get their notices rescinded.

Board member Joseph Ayala said that he understood that teachers had a hard time getting other employment in the area, especially during the recession, and alternative funding is needed to prevent job cuts. Although he voted for the layoff plan, he said it “throws our teachers under the bus.”

The only board member to vote against the layoffs, Edgar Montes, said that the district hadn’t yet exhausted all its other options.

Rialto has 19 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools and one adult continuation school. About 26,000 students attend classes in the district.

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May 19th, 2011

Staff Reporter EducationNews.org

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