February 25, 2010 8:27 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

VICTORVILLE • The Victor Elementary School District Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to send 126 initial pink slips — a move that axes 76 classroom teachers and eliminates every school-site health clerk and music instructor.

The preliminary layoffs aim to help patch a $10.5 million budget shortfall, or roughly 13 percent of the district’s operating budget, for 2010-11 as officials grapple with state cuts and declining revenue. The reduction in teachers alone saves more than $5 million.

But several concerned parents and teachers urged the district to consider the impact on students, especially at the two schools which built their curriculum around music programs, the Academy of Performing Arts and Foreign Language and West Palms Conservatory.

The district is also looking to ask all school sites to reduce budgets by another 10 percent, chop the transportation budget in half by combining routes and eliminate administrative mileage stipends.

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