An agenda item to vote on the elimination of 11 full-time positions in the Mountain View Whisman School District's special education program was pulled before last week's board meeting. The reason: The California School Employees Association -- a union representing the special ed workers -- asked the district to engage in conversation with them before taking action, administrators said.
Stephanie Totter, assistant superintendent, said administrators have evaluated their students' educational needs and that the current special ed population no longer requires the services of 11 full-time staff members. She said the district's plan is to create 11 part-time positions and to offer those to the laid-off personnel.
The agenda item caused a stir among local parents of special ed students. Three parents attended Thursday evening's board meeting to voice their concerns about "transparency."
Totter said the district is in talks with the union, the parents and the instructional assistants, and that administrators are working to "mitigate" impact as possible.
The district board is scheduled revisit the issue at its regular meeting on Dec. 10.