SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School District is expected to send more than 1,600 layoff notices to staffers, including teachers and counselors, beginning March 15, a school official said Tuesday.
The staff deductions could save the school district more than $120 million, SDUSD spokesman Bernie Rhinerson.
The district finalized a list of people who could expect to be without a job next school year, said Rhinerson.
A staffer that receives a notice might keep their job if the district can reorganize funding by the end of the school year, he said.
Assemblyman Marty Block (D-San Diego) wants to soften the blow to the district by pushing a bill that would delay notices until mid-May. The bill would give the state enough time to determine if financially strapped school districts throughout the state can be helped.
SDUSD is not waiting for the state and on March 6 will move forward and start cutting personnel, according to Rhinerson.
Some frustrated parents told Fox 5 that their kids are being ignored during this budget process.
“I know this hurts the board, but the kids are going to lose and they’ll be the one’s without teachers and in cramped classrooms," said Shelli Kurt, a parent and a school watchdog group Up For Ed. "This is not a way to learn.”