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CUSD Begins Swinging $50-Million Budget Ax

Among the plans are laying off up to 399 teachers. See chart below for which subject areas may be affected.

With little comment from school board trustees and none from the public, the picked up its budget ax Wednesday night and began looking for ways to cut $50 million.

With a that covered everything from teacher layoffs to reopening union negotiations to another short-term loan to stave off insolvency, the trustees ripped through their agenda in an hour and 15 minutes.

Jodee Brentlinger, assistant superintendent of personnel services, said the moves would give the district options and flexibility as it attempts to close a.

Trustee Anna Bryson was among the few to comment. She said not only did failed the students, but so did Orange County officials, when the supervisors back to the county treasury.

"We can't really count on anybody at the moment except for our own determination," she said.

Official proposals to reopen negotiations with the three unions in the district -- the teachers’ union, Capistrano Unified Education Association, the non-teaching employees union, California School Employees Association, and the Teamsters -- will return before the trustees at their next meeting in a couple of weeks.

Here are the proposed teacher layoffs. Although most of these employees are working on temporary, one-year contracts, several dozen are not. Because , these teachers and subject areas may be shuffled around.

Kindergarten through Sixth Grade K-6 63.4 Dual Immersion 26 Secondary Education (grades 7-12)  Art 12.8 Business 6 English 47 Math 40.4 Music 22.1 PE 12 Science — life 14.2 Science — physical 6.8 Social science 25.6 World language 7.2 Special Education Services Adapted PE 2 Early intervention 1.8 Psychologists 9.8 Deaf and hard-of-hearing 1 Early childhood special education 4 Mild-moderate 35 Moderate-severe 12 Visually impaired .5 Instructional Support Services Counselors 6 Nurses 2 Teachers on special assignment 31.7 Psychologist on special assignment 1 Speech pathologist on special assignment  1 Certificated Management Positions Director IV, puil services 1 Elementary teaching assistant prinicipals 4 Executive director, elementary and early childhood programs  1 Principal, elementary  1 Total 398.9
Lori Walker March 03, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Many or those "non teachers" are former teachers. Our administrative staff has already been severely cut. I don't believe that anyone is getting independently wealthy over there. They are all hard working folks and they have had to take on more and more work as others are laid off. I wish we could drop the attorneys. However, with people suing or threatening to do so, we need attorneys. There are just too many legal issues that must be addressed. I fully expect to take a pay cut. As a teacher, I will do what has to be done. I hope it will not be too severe of a cut. We just have to wait and see what happens about that. I do not personally send out letters requesting supplies. Our PTA has handled a lot of that and at the beginning of the year, our office has provided parents with a list of items that could be donated to the classroom (like glue and crayons) but it is donation only. I do not keep track of who donates or who does not. I personally spend approximately $3000 on supplies for my classroom each year. I will not be able to afford to continue with that. I will have to start cutting back as it really is not affordable for me to do that anymore. So, to me, it is about salaries and supplies. We have to cut back on both salaries and supplies.... we just don't have money to continue on!
Lori Walker March 03, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Janice, I am sorry that you think the kids are suffering. All the teachers at my school work very hard. I see learning and growing every day. I see smiles and focused children and many many supportive parents who volunteer in our school. Our test scores are high. When researching California districts of comparable sizes, CAPO has the highest test scores. Our kids are continuing to thrive despite the cut in funds. I truly am sorry if you are seeing something different. I love teaching children and will continue to work hard regardless of the budget crisis. Will it be difficult next year? Yes it will. But I do not blame the school district or CUEA. Our state is in a financial crisis and we must all adjust as best as we can.
M March 03, 2012 at 03:17 PM
There has a lot of emphasis on the students in our district, the students are not and will not be losing out on anything. Currently the district (this is coming from the dist. office) through grant money has implemented a program ADD and SIOP that goes straight to the classroom via teachers.
Lori Walker March 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You are correct about that, M. I am a teacher in that program. Teachers are reminded of the best teaching practices while providing resources and ideas for presenting them in the classroom, directly to the children. The program is beneficial to all teachers and students.
Ron Frantz March 05, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Keep doing what we are doing and get the same results, that the definition of insanity. Why doesn't CUSD and SVUSD combine together, secede from the state funding system, other districts have and use local property taxes to fund the combined districts. They are both shrinking in overall student population and we send more dollars out than we get in. Result more teachers in the classroom and fewer administrators running the combined district.

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