10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 15, 2010

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The Corona-Norco school board tonight will consider laying off 343 employees, two-thirds of whom teach in elementary schools.

The resolution to cut that many full-time jobs lists 220 elementary teachers, 27 counselors, eight student advisers, 10 assistant principals, three district coordinators, 13 special education teachers, five music teachers and, from the secondary level, 14 English teachers, 12 math teachers, 11 social studies teachers, four PE teachers, three Spanish teachers, three independent-studies teachers, five librarians, two art teachers, two business teachers and a health teacher.

The Corona-Norco Unified School District faces a $31 million, or about 18 percent, budget shortfall for 2010-11, Assistant Superintendent Sherry Mata told the board two weeks ago.

Bill Fisher, president of the Corona-Norco Teachers Association, said the association has been negotiating for furlough days and salary reductions to save jobs. However, notices must be sent by March 15 to teachers who may not have jobs next year.

The district is taking other steps to cut the budget, including converting Citrus Hills Intermediate School from a four-track year-round calendar to the modified traditional calendar.

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