26 teachers could lose jobs in $$ squeeze | TheUnion.com

26 teachers could lose jobs in $$ squeeze

Western Nevada County schools are considering eliminating about 26 teaching positions across 10 school districts to deal with budget cuts next year, according to Holly Hermansen, the Nevada County superintendent of schools.

Fewer teachers could lead to higher class sizes in the third through eighth grade, she said.

Hermansen met with school district superintendents from the county Thursday and discussed ideas that are being shared at districts throughout the state on how schools can trim their budgets, she said during a visit to The Union.

To close a $14.5 billion budget shortfall projected by the end of the fiscal year 2008-09, the governor wants to slash funding sent to counties for education, social services and other state spending.

On an average, school funding will be cut by $7.8 million per district if the reductions suggested in the governor’s proposed budget are implemented.

The Nevada Joint Union High School District already has approved voluntary buyouts for up to 10 teachers that pay $50,000 per person. The high school trustees also passed a resolution this week urging the governor to reject across-the-board cuts that would “damage our public schools and protect the voter-approved minimum school funding law, Proposition 98.”

Western Nevada County has a student population of about 12,000.

Schools are also considering other cost-cutting measures such as reviewing contracted services annually, spending restricted dollars first whenever possible, and freezing non-essential purchases using unrestricted funds.


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

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