Elementary teachers bear brunt of cuts, with 27 pink slips
March 08, 2011 5:15 PM
Beau Yarbrough

The Hesperia Unified School District board voted 3-2 to potentially lay off 42 teachers in the coming weeks.

“None of us want to cut any of these programs,” board member Eric Swanson said Monday night. “Now we have to get down to work and figure out how to save them.”

Under state law, school districts must notify teachers by March 15 if their services might not be required in the next school year.

“I am not in favor of cutting one human being’s job. That’s it,” said board member Anthony Riley, who voted against the cuts, along with fellow board member Hardy Black. “There is too much waste in this district.”

Although Gov. Jerry Brown has said he does not intend to cut education spending in the current budget, that’s based on taxpayers approving extensions of expiring taxes, which legislators have so-far been hesitant about even placing on the ballot. If the tax extensions don’t happen, the HUSD is estimating they’ll need to cut $7 million in revenue.

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Beau Yarbrough can be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.