By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 01/14/2011 06:33:15 PM PST

CHINO – School officials at Chino Valley Unified on Thursday identified an additional $12.5 million in cuts to help reduce a potential $31.5 million deficit.

The potential cuts, which are likely to result in employee layoffs, are part of a $26 million reduction package the school board will consider at its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Woodcrest Junior High School, 2725 S. Campus Ave., Ontario.

The new reductions include security guards, receptionists, centralization of custodial services, the elimination of and pay reductions of some assistant principals, extended furloughs to district managers and executives, and a five-day salary rollback for the superintendent.

District Superintendent Wayne Joseph last week identified $12.5 million in additional cuts, which included work-year reductions for district directors and coordinators, occupational therapists, psychologists, program specialists and instructional aides.

Also identified were the possible elimination of a number of clerical positions, including bilingual clerks, career and school counselors, advanced placement secretaries, school nurses, the elementary school music program and school transportation.

On Thursday night, Valeria Dixon was among several district employees who discovered their jobs were recommended for elimination. As the district’s security coordinator, she manages security guards and plans emergency preparedness for the district.

“It’s going to be a major impact for me economically of course, but the district is about teaching kids,” Dixon said. “If this is what it takes to make sure kids are taught, that’s what it takes.

“I think I’m more concerned about the people that work under me,” Dixon said. “They’re going to reduce the number of days for security officers and I don’t know exactly what effect that will have over all on the district safety. I’m talking to security officers and the concern is how are we going to provide adequate security for the district if the number of days is reduced.”

Other people at risk include the district’s high school receptionists who answer school phones, help process campus visitors and deal with emergencies.

Sue Butriss, a receptionist at Ayala High School for the past decade, spoke at the board’s budget study meeting on Thursday to persuade officials to spare her job by reducing work hours instead. Butriss said she would lose her home without the income she receives.

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