Santa Monica School district to Lay off Teachers & Nurses

School busOn-going concerns about the financial health of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District prompted the school board to approve the potential layoff of 11.6 full-time equivalent employees on Feb. 17.

Moore Washington, the district’s assistant superintendent of human resources, explained to the school board that these potential layoffs were necessary because the state funding for public schools is uncertain and projections for district enrollment, particularly for kindergarten, for the 2011-2012 academic year were down. Additionally, the district was unsure how many retirements of current staff there will be and it is unknown if Malibu’s Pt. Dume Elementary School will become a charter school. If Pt. Dume becomes a charter school staff from the school would have to be absorbed by other district schools.

By law, the school district has to give notice by March 15 to certificated employees who could be laid off for the following academic year. The district will be issuing the potential layoff notices to 6 full-time equivalent teachers and 5.6 full- time equivalent nurses.

Board members emphasized that the potential layoff notices were being issued as a precautionary measure and would help ensure the district can maintain needed flexibility with their budget

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