High school district to discuss layoffs at a special meeting | TheUnion.com

High school district to discuss layoffs at a special meeting

The high school district will discuss reducing employees at a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the district office on Ridge Road.

The board will also consider approving the retirement of Robert Hart, a special education teacher at Nevada Union High School, who’s the only teacher in the school district to avail of an early retirement incentive of $50,000. The district was offering the incentive to up to 10 employees, as a cost cutting measure.

School officials learned in January that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would axe about $4 billion from California’s budget for education ” translating to $124,000 for western Nevada County’s high schools for the current year and $1.75 million for the coming year.

According to Superintendent Ralf Swenson, 80 to 85 percent of a school district’s budget is “committed to salaries and benefits of employees. The remaining expense is for fairly fixed costs like heating and electricity ” things you’ll have to have.”

“So anytime there’s a dramatic budget cut, we have to, unfortunately, look at staffing,” Swenson said in January, soon after the governor declared a fiscal emergency and proposed his state budget.


To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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