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Union Hill district may lay off two teachers

Two Union Hill School District teachers could be laid off next fall to help offset an expected budget shortfall of up to $150,000, the district superintendent said Tuesday.

While student enrollment has leveled off during the past several years, expenses have continued to rise, said Rod Fivelstad, Union Hill superintendent. “We can’t continue that pattern.”

The state’s budget woes have also affected the district, although not as deeply as it was previously feared, he said.

The Union Hill Board of Trustees will consider the proposed layoffs at its regular meeting today. Under state law, the two affected employees – kindergarten teachers – have to be notified by Friday. Their jobs will be eliminated later this year unless other teachers decide to retire, Fivelstad said.

Eighty percent of the district’s expenses are personnel-related, Fivelstad said. Clerical and custodian staff cutbacks could be considered in May, he added.

The district’s enrollment of 759 is expected to remain about the same next year, Fivelstad said.

Jerry Martini, a board member for more than 10 years, said the layoffs would be the first during his tenure.

“We were in a growth pattern, and now we’re not,” he said Tuesday.

The board today will also discuss other measures – from reducing the number of instructional aides to cutting the budget for supplies.

“There are all sorts of possibilities,” Martini said. “It’s been an ongoing process.”

The kindergarten teachers whose jobs could be eliminated are the last two teachers the district has hired, Fivelstad said. One teaches at Union Hill School, the other at Highland Oaks.

Union Hill, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school, has 710 students. Highland Oaks, a kindergarten-through-fifth-grade school, has 49 students. The district is off Highway 174 on the outskirts of Grass Valley.

Know and Go

WHAT: Union Hill School District board of trustees meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m. today

WHERE: District Office, 10879 Bartlett Dr., Grass Valley

INFO: 273-0647

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