School district begins layoff hearings this week
April 28, 2009
TRUCKEE ” A number of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District teachers are set to face layoff hearings this week in Truckee.
The hearings are state-mandated for anyone who received an intent-to-layoff notice from the district.
The school district officials plan to eliminate about 42 full-time positions from its workforce to help shore up a $4 million budget shortfall.
On Wednesday of this week, teachers, legal counsel for the Tahoe Truckee Education Association, legal counsel for the school district and school district representatives will meet with a state-appointed in an official hearing.
The judge will look to see if the district can provide adequate justification for laying off a teacher, which Assistant Superintendent David Inns said is necessary due to the district’s budget gap.
The judge will then determine if the teacher has been properly noticed and if they were laid off according to seniority.
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Beth Curtis, legal counsel for the education associatin, will then be offered an opportunity to challenge the district’s notice.
A report on each case will be submitted by the judge.
The school district then has until Friday, May 15, to hand out final layoff notices to the teachers.