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New Tahoe Truckee school board meets Wednesday night; teacher-layoff plan on agenda

Jason ShuehSierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The nearly new Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees meets for the first time Wednesday night, and its first discussion will surround the district’s initial plan to lay off teachers in order to shore up a looming budget deficit.Randall W. Hill, member of Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundationandamp;#8217;s Board of Directors, will take over for Area 3 Trustee Kristy Olk, who announced her resignation last month after she began a new job working for the Resort at Squaw Creek.At the districtandamp;#8217;s board meeting last Wednesday, Hillandamp;#8217;s fellow and newly elected trustees, Kim Szczurek, Area 1; Dianna Driller, Area 5; and Gaylan Larson, Area 4, were officially sworn into office, while remaining board member Kirsten Livak, Area 2, was elected the new president by the board for her past experience.Hill will be sworn in at the new boardandamp;#8217;s first meeting together, a workshop that begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the districtandamp;#8217;s offices at 11603 Donner Pass Road.The meeting starts in closed session, as trustees and district staff discuss recent negotiations with local and state teachers union officials.During the public portion of the meeting, the board is expected to discuss the next big phase of 2011-andamp;#8217;12 budget planning.School district officials unveiled an initial plan in November to cover a looming deficit that includes a suggested reduction of 24 teachers and five other staff members.The discussion Wednesday night is expected to address an update to the plan, including a possible reduction to initial numbers. According to the school districtandamp;#8217;s schedule, final reductions must be approved by the end of January, in order to provide enough time to notify teachers, according to state law, of planned layoffs.View the entire agenda at http://www.ttusd.org.


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