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School District May Cut 28 Teaching Jobs

District officials will send out preliminary layoff notices to teachers by next week, according to report.

The is expected to send out preliminary layoff notices to teachers by next week, according to a report from the Bay Area News Group.

More details from the article written by BANG Reporter Robert Jordan:

The school board voted Tuesday to send layoff warnings for 28 full-time equivalent positions. The notices cover 15 positions in elementary schools and 13 at the middle and high school level -- that range from physical education to foreign languages to math and science -- said Assistant Superintendent Chris Van Schaack.

The decision was meant to comply with state law to issue the preliminary warnings by March 15 and were not due to the uncertainty of a November state tax measure backed by Governor Jerry Brown. Final layoff notices are issued in May.

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paulette March 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
What? How is it that they have money for TRANSITIONAL Kindergarten, but have to layoff 15 elementary school staff? Makes no sense!!!
paulette March 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
What? How is it that they have money for TRANSITIONAL Kindergarten, but have to layoff 15 elementary school staff? Makes no sense!!!
Joe Granada March 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
This is the result of a state law that obliges the school district to send layoff notices out to anybody who they might conceivably need to lay off before the next school year. They're not going to lay off 28 teachers unless something like an 8.0 earthquake happens, but they have to send out the notices to keep their options open.
Your Wife Your Life March 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Why don't they cut PE in jr high and high school and save funds. Those that want a physical education can pay for organized sports and those that don't won't have to any more.
Robin Watson-Bird March 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Not everyone can afford to pay for organized sports or simply do not have the luxury of time to play mom or dad taxi to and from sports. For some children, the only exercise they get is at school and fir done it is the only exposure to sports and such as well. I used to be a teacher in a district that sent pink slips to most of the teachers in the district some years just to cover their butts in case funding did not come in. This year, they are pink slipping all the administrators. Because of the law, if they do not pink slip people, they cannot lay them off of necessary, do they usually over pink slip just in case.
Paisley March 08, 2012 at 11:25 PM
"Not everyone can afford to pay for organized sports" There are parks, everywhere. If you tell a kid to go outside and play.... they (gasp)... will. Lots of kids made it though life without PE just fine.
John Harrington March 09, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Joe is right. The education establishment has used this situation to scare parents and others to think that the situation is worse than it is so that they will vote to approve parcel taxes and bond issues.
Sue March 09, 2012 at 06:58 AM
paying for an organized sport is NOT mandatory. but cutting math and science in a city with the LLNL? WTF?
Concerned citizen March 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Lay off the Administrators before teachers...geez
DeAnna McDaid March 10, 2012 at 04:21 AM
cutting Math and Science in any city would be wrong. What do you mean by paying for Organized sports is NOT mandatory. Can kids play organized sports for free somewhere in Livermore?
DeAnna McDaid March 10, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I was just thinking the other day about how my kids elem. school does NOT have to be focused on PE at all. 1 hour a week is all that is required. My son says he has none because his teacher says they have too much work to do in one day. He tells me that the the 4th grade teachers are telling the 3rd grade teachers to "bump it up", "pick up the pace" get these kids to be "ready" for 4th grade. So the 3rd grade teachers are feeling the pressure to "jam it all in" so they just take the 12 minutes of required P.E. per day away. The amount of work the kids bring home in 3rd grade is amazing. My son moves "on a good day" at a snails pace when it come to homework so he has NO time for Organized sports, really. They have a "fun run" but the kids have to "want" to run to participate. It is a volunteer option for the children. My kids could really benifit from more activities at school the kind that is in a classroom group setting with a teacher, PE a 1/2 hour a day would be helpful to their growing bodies. Honestly looking around the campus at recess/lunch so many more kids are at a weight that is off the chart for their height and ages. Childhood obesity is becoming epidemic.
JoAnne March 10, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Cutting the 12 minutes of PE could hurt children's ability to learn. Play a ran & shuffle fraction game, a brisk walk with multiplication tables, a silly move for when a word/sound is spoken, etc, etc, etc. Sometimes getting the wiggles out can promote learning. (What the teachers are doing in your son's classroom is getting student ready for STAR testing.)
Lifetime Livermoran March 11, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Our school is great about doing PE, they do it as a grade level, it is organized so that each week, there are slotted times for the grades to go out and do PE. This way, no teacher can just stay in the classroom and work, also they mix up the kids and teachers so that they learn new games and play with another teacher. I agree, parents can also inspire kids to play outside, at parks, ride bikes, etc, all free :)

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