Coachella School Board Votes to Layoff 160 Employees

The Coachella Valley Unified School Board has voted layoff more than 160 employees for the next school year.

The cuts come as a result of the district’s need to cut $6.9 million from next year’s budget. Now 96 teachers and 73 staff will lose their jobs, a trend we’ve being seeing all up and down the state.

“Student safety and the well-being of our staff will remain paramount as we navigate through these changes,” said Board President Blanca T. Hall.

“Even with slightly improved state revenue projections due to the acceleration of funding under the Local Control Funding Formula, significant increases in expenses coupled with declining enrollment have contributed to a budget deficit that must be addressed now to maintain fiscal solvency”, according to Erik Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.

Lee cited escalating costs for CalPERS and CalSTRS retirement contributions, inflation, and disappearing CTE grants.

In evaluating proposed budget cuts over the last several months, CVUSD collaborated with stakeholders to generate potential optimizations. In the case of teaching positions, preliminary layoff notices must be issued by March 15, 2018. After a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, final notices will be sent out by May 14, 2018.