Axe falls on 15 high school jobs |

Axe falls on 15 high school jobs

The trustees of the local high school district board voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate 15 positions because of statewide budget cuts.

The cost cutting also includes a hiring freeze, reduction in athletic coaching stipend and reduction of data and fax lines.

The reductions come as Nevada Union High School is expected to lose 139 students next year, part of an ongoing trend.

Six people at NU and Bear River high schools will receive layoff notices, said Trisha Dellis, assistant superintendent in charge of personnel at the high school district. The other positions were eliminated because of retirements or performance-related dismissals, Dellis said.

The six layoffs include a social science teacher and an art teacher at Bear River High School, and an English teacher and a counselor at Nevada Union High School.

The position of the crisis counselor at NU occupied by Terry Brodie was eliminated. But Brodie will continue as an regular counselor at NU, Dellis said. The likely elimination of the crisis counselor’s position was reported in The Union on Tuesday.

In addition, one administrator at NU will take up teaching duties and another will teach two periods at Bear River, the board decided.

Nevada Joint Union High School District is cutting $1.75 million from next year’s budget to deal with the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is trying to make up for an expected $14.5 billion deficit. By law, layoff notices must be sent to the people concerned by March 15, administrators said. The official deadline to complete the cuts is May 15, Dellis said.

“It’s just a very difficult time across California,” Dellis said. “The people getting laid off are valued people, whom we intend to bring back full-time if the budget permits.”

At the meeting, Mark Heauser, president of the high school district board, read a statement outlining the other steps the district was taking to cut costs, such as the hiring freeze. He also urged parents and community members to “voice your concerns in writing to the governor and local legislative representatives.”

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

Local impact of cutbacks forced on the high school district by the governor’s budget:

n $1.75 million – Amount the high school district it cutting from next year’s budget

n 15 – Positions eliminated

n 6 – Layoffs of current employees

n 139 – Loss of students due to declining enrollment

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