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Layoffs approved by Tahoe school board

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – The school district will layoff three employees, and won’t fill retiring teacher positions for next school year because of state budget cuts.

“With an extremely heavy heart, I bring the next two items before the board,” LTUSD Human Resources Director Jim Watson said at the Tuesday board meeting.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board voted to eliminate two full-time custodian positions, one full-time micro-computer specialist position, and reduce hours for the elementary instructional assistants and campus supervision positions.



“We’ve kicked over every rock in this district to turn it over and see if there are any dollars,” Watson said.

To fill in for the reduced hours for instructional assistants, LTUSD Board member Sue Novasel suggested recruiting volunteers.




The board also had to decide whether to fill open teaching positions. Even though the board approved discontinuing about 6 2/3 certificated positions, no employees lost their jobs, Watson said.

Because of the number of retiring employees this year, the district was able to dissolve those positions through attrition, and shift remaining employees to different areas, Watson said.

The positions not being filled for the 2009-10 school year include: a South Tahoe High School ninth-grade English teacher, STHS ninth-grade math teacher, STHS sections teacher, South Tahoe Middle School sixth-grade teacher, STMS section teacher, Bijou Community School teacher and an STMS assistant principal. With the proposed California state budget constantly changing, Superintendent Jim Tarwater said it’s a miracle the district is maintaining its positions as well as it is.

Also at Tuesday’s school board meeting:

n LTUSD Chief Financial Officer Debra Yates presented a California State budget update to the board.

Yates said the state will cut $1.3 million from the 2009-10 budget instead of the anticipated $935,000 estimated at the last meeting two weeks ago.

n South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Lorenzo Gigliotti presented a report on the district’s “floating acre” on Lake Tahoe Community College’s campus.

Gigliotti said the acre could be a chance for the fire department, LTUSD and LTCC to partner on a grant that could replace Fire Station 2 across from the middle school.

The building was constructed in 1947, he added.

Since the presentation was a report, the board took no formal action.

n Casson Scowcroft was hired on as a new STHS music teacher. He’s from Truckee and said he’s excited to become a part of the community.

“Great things will be happening, including a pep band,” Scowcroft said.

n Tarwater underwent his evaluation with school board in closed session. His contract was extended to June 30, 2012 in open session.

Board President Wendy David said he received a “more than satisfactory evaluation.”

n STHS Seniors Eric Harrod and Shari Warden will take off for Washington, D.C., on June 24.

Harrod won first place and Warden won second place in the High School Congressional Art Competition for the 4th Congressional District.

They’ll spend a week in the national capital and attend a reception that will honor them for their achievements.


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