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Elementary schools planning to cut jobs amid $$ crunch

Pending budget cuts and declining enrollment have prompted several elementary school districts across Grass Valley to plan on reducing their staff and cut back on programs, officials said Wednesday.

Eight teachers and a counselor at Pleasant Ridge Union school district will receive notice by Friday about the possibility of their positions being eliminated or hours reduced for the next school year, said Superintendent Linda Rooney. School officials also are worried about having to eliminate physical education and academic counseling next year, because the programs may not receive funding in the wake of the governor’s proposed budget cuts, Rooney said.

Pleasant Ridge Union school district is looking to cut $430,000 from its budget next year, Rooney added. The school district consists of 98 full-time and part-time teachers and 1,795 students, she said. The district is likely to lose 131 students next year through declining enrollment, she added.

At the Clear Creek school district, “the board has taken action to eliminate a half-time position,” said Principal-superintendent Scott Lay. “If we carry it through, a particular instructor could lost her job.

“But the board is hoping we’ll be able to rescind the decision when we learn more from the governor and the legislature about the budget,” Lay said.

Clear Creek school district is trying to reduce about $30,000 from next year’s budget. The district has six full-time and two part-time teachers and 124 students.

Grass Valley school district reduced the hours of two Lyman Gilmore School teachers and a psychologist by 50 percent at a board meeting Tuesday, said Superintendent Jon Byerrum. The district is planning to cut $500,000 from its budget the next school year, Byerrum said.

“We had seven retirements,” he said. “We’ll only re-hire three of the seven.”

Grass Valley school district has 1,678 students and 98 teachers, Byerrum said.

School districts countywide are having to reduce their budgets in response to the cuts proposed in the governor’s budget.

What they’re cutting

n Grass Valley School District:

Reduced hours for three workers and $500,000 in various budget cuts

n Pleasant Ridge Union School District: Nine workers may be laid off and $430,000 in cuts

n Clear Creek School District: One half-time worker may be laid off and $30,000 in cuts

n Nevada Joint Union High School District: 15 positions eliminated, including six pending layoffs, and $1.75 million in cuts

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