SDUSD Votes To Uphold 1,534 Layoff Notices
1,534 Employees Received Layoff Notices In March
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Watch 10News at 11 for the full report.» Sign Up For Breaking News Alerts» Like Us On Facebook» Follow Us On Twitter The board affirmed the judge's decision 4-1. It also adopted a resolution Monday night that stated the district would adopt a balanced budget with required reserves and would not seek an emergency loan from the state. Earlier, school district employees rallied outside the Board of Education chanting, "Save our schools, save our schools."They rallied hours before Tuesday night's school board meeting in hopes that board members would at least rescind 500 hundred of the 1,534 pink slips issued in March."I'm hoping they do the right thing," said one teacher who received a pink slip.At the start of the board meeting, the employees took their fight indoors, speaking passionately before the school board."Every March, my neighbors watch the news and listen to the annual announcement of the school budget woes and they ask me, 'with all of this turmoil, why did I become a teacher?'" said teacher Dennis Shamp.Another employee added, "For the last five years, you and your predecessors have voted to tear the heart out of our schools each spring.""I've worked tirelessly for this district for 10 years," another employee told the board. "My dedication and hard work has been rewarded with a pink slip. To add insult to injury, I've been asked to work the last 21 days of my year for sub pay without benefits."Following public comment, SDUSD Vice President Scott Barnett sided with district employees, stating, "I would urge my board colleagues to vote against this motion and to start the process of rebuilding this district."But SDUSD President John Lee Evans and the remaining three school board members did not agree. When it came time to vote, they voted based on what the district simply does not have."We do not have enough money to pay all of our employees next year," said Evans. "As a district, we cannot print money."However, Evans stated he still believes there is time to save the 1,534 jobs. He said that will take everyone coming together over the next few weeks to come up with some sort of radical solution.
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