Sound familiar? Nevada Joint Union High School District OKs layoffs |

Sound familiar? Nevada Joint Union High School District OKs layoffs

David Mirhadi
Sun News Service

With the real estate market at its zenith four years ago, Lauren MacDonell decided to forgo a six-figure salary as a real estate broker and head back to the classroom.

She began work this year as a science teacher at the Park Avenue Alternative Education site.

On March 5, MacDonell, 51, a single mother, was notified that she was on a list of teachers targeted for pink slips at the end of the year.

Nevada Joint Union High School District made it official with a unanimous vote at Wednesday’s meeting. Fifteen teachers and counselors will receive layoff notices to whittle a $2.8 million budget shortfall next year. The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, which encompasses the eastern Placer County and Truckee areas, is also trying to cut millions from its budget. Ninety-five teachers received notices this week.

Between 20 and 25 teachers are eligible for a program that would add two extra years to their retirement. Or, they could accept $50,000 toward retiree health benefits. Money for the early retirement program would come from the district’s reserves.

MacDonell said she’s not angry with the district. She said Dellis visited her personally to deliver the news, and even offered to bring in a substitute to teach the rest of the day after MacDonell was notified.

“You know, it’s just life,” MacDonell said. “I am just thankful to have had a job. (The district) has no choice. They’re doing a difficult job in a bad situation.”