Lake Tahoe school district to reduce workforce
March 13, 2009
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” Fewer than five full-time Lake Tahoe Unified School District employees will receive reduction-in-force slips today.
The LTUSD board passed a resolution of intent to dismiss employees, including a part-time counselor, part-time safety coordinator, a full-time elementary teacher, a full-time sixth-grade teacher, a full-time teacher in the Transitional Learning Center and another two part-time positions.
The total reduction equals 4.7 full-time employees, Watson said.
In the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, an equivalent of 94.5 full-time employees received slips, Superintendent Jim Tarwater said.
The staff reductions were a result of reductions in state funding, and were also based on projected drops in per-pupil funding, said Jim Watson, human resources director.
Board member Angela Swanson said the board wanted to keep the part-time counselor and part-time safety coordinator, but acknowledged that the funds weren’t there.
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Tarwater said the main priorities are retaining the core classes and programs, such as class-size reduction. The safety programs can continue, but other staff will need to step in to make it happen.
“It’s a sad reality, and I wish we were adding people,” Board President Wendy David said.
Ninth-grade teacher Kristi Leonard said it’s absolutely necessary to maintain ninth-grade class size reduction so all students can receive the attention they need.
The board assured Leonard that class-size reduction is one of their priorities, along with maintaining as many staff members as possible.
” About $30 million of Measure G bonds sold Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Debra Yates said.
The sale will cover the first phase of construction projects, including the Career Technical Education building and the portable replacement building at South Tahoe High School.
The district’s bond rating has improved from 1999, Yates said. Standard & Poors increased the rating from an A- to an A+, and the Moody rating increased from an A1 to an A2.
The funds will be deposited March 25, Tarwater said. Construction will begin in May.
The rest of the $64.5 million in bonds will be sold at a later date.
” The board had a first reading of the revised 2009-10 school calendar, which starts before Labor Day on Sept. 1.
The current start date is Sept. 8.
The board already approved three calendar years at the March 25, 2008 meeting. Board members asked to reexamine the calendar because they thought an earlier start date might be in the best interest for students.
Teachers said it was too late in the year to change the start date for next year’s calendar.
The 2009-10 calendar has already been out, and many people already have plans, said Jodi Dayberry of the South Tahoe Educators Association.
The start date change could also affect the construction timeline at the high school for the Measure G projects, Dayberry added.
Before taking action, the calendar will be discussed with both STEA and the California School Employees Association. The board will vote at a later meeting in April.