By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 02/18/2011 06:37:50 PM PST

CHINO – The Chino Valley Unified school board on Thursday night approved temporary layoff notices for about 95 teachers as well as an elementary assistant principal, a special education coordinator and a program specialist.

Reduction in force – or temporary layoff notices – must be sent out by March 15 to teachers.

School district officials said they hope to notify employees of potential layoffs later this month.

Associated Chino Teachers president Justine Cunningham said she wasn’t surprised by the number given declining enrollment and increasing class sizes set for the 2011-12 school year.

Cunningham did express disappointment over the lack of board discussion at the meeting about the potential losses.

“It was very disheartening that board members made no mention of the loss of teachers,” Cunningham said. “They acted on it, but they spent a lot of time debating … everything else.”

The board on Thursday night cut about $50,000 from $1.6 million that was recommended to be cut to help fill a nearly $30 million shortfall projected by 2013.

While the board did approve reductions in supplies and Blackberry use as a reduced work year for counseling assistants, its rejection of other recommendations brought the district’s three-year deficit to nearly $2 million.

“I really don’t have good news to share,” said Sandra Chen, district assistant superintendent of business services. “We’ve added back to the
budget $374,494 over three years.”

Board member Fred Youngblood said after the voting, “So we came in here a little over $1.6 million short, now we’re up to $2 million short.”

The additional deficit came after the board decided to reject recommended cuts such as the elimination of a coordinator, groundsworkers and maintenance workers, staff uniforms and an assistant superintendent.

It also decided to continue funding athletic transportation for a year and rejected a plan to centralize custodial staffers.

Discussion also centered on a recommendation to cut one of the district’s 17 directors, with a savings of about $280,000 over three years. The board decided to table the issue for further discussion.

The board also considered the continuation of athletic transportation with a three-year cost of about $919,000.

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