High school district issues layoff notices | TheUnion.com

High school district issues layoff notices

Layoff notices have been sent to 15 teachers within the Nevada Joint Union High School District, officials announced this week.

The layoffs primarily affect those hired on temporary nine-month contracts to teach ninth-grade English and mathematics as part of the state’s class-size reduction program, said Superintendent Maggie Deetz. But Deetz said she hopes to bring some, if not all, of the teachers back.

Two of the 15 teachers given notice were filling in for teachers on a leave of absence, she said.

This is at least the third straight year that those temporary teachers have been told their jobs aren’t guaranteed for the upcoming school year. Their rehiring is contingent upon the state continuing the class-size reduction program for the 2005-06 school year. The state pays for a program to keep freshman English and mathematics classes to 20 students per class.

“I feel very bad treating people this way,” said Deetz, who noted that the district has the option of making the positions permanent. They have been unable to do so, she said, in part because of the state’s uncertain financial picture.

Under the terms of an agreement signed by those teachers, their jobs won’t be guaranteed to them should the district obtain the money to pay for those positions.

Two years ago, the district issued layoff notices to 34 teachers. Seventeen were given lay-off notices at the end of the 2003-04 school year, and the district was able to rehire 11 of those back once the state’s budget passed.

Non-teaching employees have yet to be notified if there will be layoffs, Deetz said.

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