Tahoe Truckee school district chair does not ‘see a need for any layoffs’
February 22, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; School district trustees this week said reserve funds would save 22 educator positions that are threatened by a potential and#8212; and and#8220;unlikelyand#8221; and#8212; loss in state funding.
and#8220;After the in-depth review of our long-term financial picture, we did not see a need for any layoffs,and#8221; said Board of Trustees Chairwoman Bev Ducey during Wednesdayand#8217;s Tahoe Truckee Unified School District budget workshop
Trustee Bill Kraus described using the districtand#8217;s reserve funds as a and#8220;no-brainer,and#8221; in the event state funding, estimated at $1.6 million, is held up by a complaint against the district by parents of English Learner students.
According to previous reports, the school districtand#8217;s application for state funding is being considered by the California Department of Education.
The potential budget cut led the district in late January to announce it would lay off as many as 22 teachers to cover the shortfall. Superintendent Jennings has repeatedly said since the announcement the layoffs are and#8220;very, very unlikely.and#8221;
On Wednesday, while trustees admitted they could not draft a formal resolution guaranteeing no lay offs because it was not an agenda item, Ducey reassured the audience no one will be laid off.
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and#8220;This board has always meant what it said; our word is our word,and#8221; said Ducey.
For full coverage from the meeting, read Reporter Jason Shueh’s live recap below.