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School Furloughs, Layoffs Approved

School employees will take 12 unpaid days in the by the end of next school year, and 15 staff members will be laid off.

Fifteen school employees will be laid off, and the rest will take 12 furlough days under a plan approved today.

The voted to cut the staff and work year in an attempt to close a projected $23 million budget gap for the 2012-13 school year.

Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release his revised budget in May with massive cuts to education spending.

School officials have spoken out repeatedly against the state cuts.

"I'm distraught we as a society haven't figured out how to fund education the way we should," said trustee Kristi Rutz-Robbins.

The Temecula school district has been searching for ways to cope with the projected cuts for several months. One plan included laying off 120 teachers.

The furlough days will also be imposed on administrators, according to a staff report. The net savings of the furloughs were projected at $18.1 million.

The reduction in staffing will likely "significantly increase" the workload of remaining staff members, said Bill Behrens, the assistant superintendent of human resources.

Golden State May 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
We'd love to to that. Except that the state has a minimum requirement of instructional days. We have taken all of our non-instructional days + five more and we can't go lower than that. If the state changes the rules to allow fewer instructional days, then we would take more furlough days to close the gap.
Golden State May 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
How would you rate teachers based on their performance? By test scores? Kids don't show up for the test or for the review days prior to the test. I won't volunteer to teach the needy kids if I'm going to be judged by test scores. By parent surveys? Some parents like "nice" teachers. Some parents like "strict" teachers. By principal evaluations? Most principals barely taught in a classroom before they became administrators and don't have the first clue about evaluating educators? When I see a well-designed, FAIR way of evaluating educators, then I will go for the "hire and fire them based on performance." I have yet to see that evaluation tool.
Ron May 06, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The Temecula Unified School District is so messed up it's not even funny... Can someone tell me why our neighboring school districts are doing so much better? Not only are they NOT laying off any teachers, their teachers are actually getting BONUSES this year. TVUSD's finances have been managed poorly for years, and the people in charge need to be held responsible. It's absolutely ridiculous that good teachers are being laid off, furlow days are being put into place, and class sizes are going up. Do I need to even mention poor employee morale? ....Which by the way is also a result of bad management... Good luck, teachers.
Golden State May 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Which neighboring school districts are NOT laying off teachers and giving bonuses? Facts please. Have not heard of these districts.
Ron May 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Of course you haven't heard about it, Golden State, you work at/for TVUSD. ;) Check around a bit. Not every school district is as irresponsible with their business planning as is the district in question.

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