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Mountain View Voice

News - February 20, 2009

LASD to lay off 60 staffers

by Casey Weiss

The Los Altos School District plans to send out 60 pink slips this March in an effort to reduce expenses as it faces nearly $3 million in state budget cuts.

As the California Legislature continues to battle over a budget, LASD administrators are looking at their own finances, hoping to balance a budget "without affecting the children," Superintendent Tim Justus told local community leaders at a Challenge Team meeting last week. (As of press time, state politicians were one vote shy of passing a budget.)

The state faces a deficit of $40 billion through 2010, and the current proposal would slash state education funds by $8.6 billion over the next two years. The Los Altos School District is being hit particularly hard because it is a basic aid district, relying on both funding from the state and from property taxes. The district also has lost funds as property values decrease, Justus said, and now must cut $2.6 million from its budget.

"Every source of revenue that comes to our district is in jeopardy," Justus said.

Administrators are looking to lay off 30 certified and 30 classified staff. They have to send out pink slips by March 15, and present a final district budget to the state by June 30.

All local school districts face steep cuts as they wait for the state Legislature to pass a budget. Although Mountain View Whisman administrators have not calculated exact numbers under the current proposal, the district could lose up to $3 million, and the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District faces $2 million in cuts.

Comments

Posted by Kent, a resident of another community
on Feb 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm

One wrote "The district also has lost funds as property values decrease, Justus said, and now must cut $2.6 million from its budget." Actually there are no such Los Altos home values decrease at all. Los Altos RE markets always are still hot there. Ouch ! I'm living in Morgan Hill = 35% decrease in home value with some school staffs layoff.


Posted by Frank, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2009 at 8:08 am

Close Gardner Bullis!