Board to take up issue tonight
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 05/24/2010 10:17:30 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – The Claremont Unified school board will recommend laying off 28 full-time certificated employees at a special meeting tonight.

Employees expected to be laid off include teachers, a counselor and a psychologist.

The school board has to close a $6.7 million gap in its 2010-11 budget by the end of the 2011-12 school year. It has already reduced or eliminated adult education classes and summer school classes.

The school board and the Claremont Faculty Association have been negotiating a way to avoid the layoffs for several months, but those discussions got a little more tense at a board meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Terry Nichols said there would be no layoffs in the 2011-12 school year if the union’s members would each take six furlough days.

Union president Suzanne Miller told the board that the proposal by Nichols was never made in writing. Miller added that the district’s administration could not be trusted.

“The reason it wasn’t in writing is the CFA has refused to discuss furlough days,” Nichols said.

The next mediator meeting between the union’s bargaining team and school district attorneys is set for June 4.

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