have to sign up for summer school classes at other campuses.
District officials blame the state's budget crisis for the drastic
"You're going to see this statewide," trustee Michael Simons said.
"It's because of the state budget problem. We have less money."
The two nursing positions officials originally proposed to be
eliminated are not among the 30 plus jobs to be cut under the new plan.
Supt. Susan Roper reversed her earlier proposal approved by the school
board to eliminate two of the four nursing positions in the district. The
two nurses on the firing line can now ignore the letters they received
from the district in March notifying them of their immanent dismissal.
But after school officials informed nurses in early March that their
jobs would be cut, Roper's office was deluged with calls, e-mails and
letters protesting the decision.
Roper set up a working session last week with more than 50 employees
from all facets of the district to provide input on the decision.
"We were in the first round of cuts," said nurse Carol Kanode, who did
not receive a letter. "That committee was not supportive of the nurse
Kanode also holds a seat on the Ocean View School Board.
Instead of nurses, the district has made plans to lay off eight aides
in the district's Communicatively Handicapped program, five full-time
custodial jobs, two vice principals and a library worker.
Many of the other positions are clerical and managerial posts. Several
employees with credentials to teach would receive a pink slip. Those
include two teachers at Coast High School and a part-time teacher at
Valley Vista High School.
District officials floated the plan during a Monday evening study
session. The board is set to take public input on May 14 and render a
decision May 28.
Any employee who has received special training, or certification, to
work in the district, must have received a notice by March 15. State law
The cuts are expected to slow the district's efficiency in handling
day-to-day tasks, said Patricia Koch, the assistant superintendent of
"What we have to do is establish priorities and decide what our most
important tasks are," Koch said. "When you cut staff, you provide fewer
services, ask your staff to do more or just don't provide something."
* PAUL CLINTON is a reporter with Times Community News. He covers City
Hall and education. He may be reached at (714) 965-7173 or by e-mail ato7 email@example.com .