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Dreaded Deadline Passes With No Layoffs

The Ides of March--the dreaded deadline for issuing layoffs in California school districts--has passed without layoffs for the 9,064 employees of the Long Beach Unified School District. To make ends meet, more school districts are resorting to March 15 layoff notices and class size increases, but not here. Here’s a recap of March headlines from other school districts: • Los Angeles Unified School District eliminated 480 jobs in central administration. Faced with a $500 million deficit, LAUSD still needs to slice $61.3 million from its budget. • Teachers in Santa Ana Unified School District accepted a voluntary 4 percent pay cut. Up to 400 teachers would have lost their jobs had teachers not agreed to the decrease. • Fresno Unified School District passed out pink slips for 167 full-time employees in the face of a $19 million deficit. Among those cut were elementary music teachers and library media teachers. • San Diego Unified School District approved $32 million in cuts with a shortened work year for some secretaries, principals and central office employees, layoffs for special education, library and counseling personnel, custodians, nurses and vice principals. • Grossmont Union High School District sent layoff notices to 16 temporary and probationary teachers. Officials there are working to meet a $7.5 million deficit. • Hayward Unified School District authorized pink slips to 270 teachers and 10 administrators and will release 30 probationary teachers, moves which will reduce teaching staff by 10 percent. • The Bakersfield City School district approved the layoffs of 50 teachers. • Benicia Unified School District is distributing layoff notices to 30 teachers. • La Cañada Unified School District is sending preliminary layoff notices to 21 teachers. The district faces a $1.5 million deficit. • Siskiyou Union High School District will lay off 10 teachers to help meet its budget. • San Mateo-Foster City School District is sending out 17 layoff notices to middle school counselors and instructional aides. • West Contra Costa Unified School District trustees voted to eliminate high school athletics, close libraries and lay off 10 percent of its employees. They face a $16.5 million deficit. • The Antioch Unified School District is sending layoff notices to 13 vice principals, 13 computer teachers, nine music teachers and 14 physical education instructors. • All Palo Alto Unified School District employees except teachers will take two unpaid furlough days next year, saving nearly $100,000. The deficit there is $4.2 million.