The Board of Education approved the elimination of 90 classified positions at its regular meeting last week. Another 78 classified employees will see their hours reduced, in some cases by more than half.
The school board’s unanimous decision on the reductions is a response to the state’s ongoing, multi-billion-dollar cuts to public education.
More than half of the affected employees could be assigned to other positions that have become vacant due to retirements or resignations.
Most of the affected employees have been contacted by telephone by Personnel Commission staff and will receive related paperwork by the end of next week. Classified employees are provided at least 45 days of notice on layoffs.
The Personnel Commission is working with affected employees to offer displacement services, including job and testing counseling to help workers find other positions, preferably within the school district, but also with other public agencies.
Affected employees may contact Maria Lynn Braunstein, coordinator of displacement services, at ext. 7426 for more information.
The latest round of classified job cuts included 18 positions in Maintenance and an equal number of office workers, seven employees in Nutrition Services, 10 transportation aides, 11 instructional aides, eight custodians, three groundskeepers, one library-media assistant, five campus security officers, two warehouse employees and others. About 10 of the jobs are supervisory or managerial positions.