Sweetwater Union to Lay Off Hundreds of People Amid Budget Woes

Hundreds of teachers, 20 counselors, librarians, and learning centers used by 1,300 at-risk kids will be axed under new budget cuts approved by the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) in Chula Vista. Monday’s vote was 3-2 and came despite tearful objections from students, parents, and teachers alike.

The district is facing a $30 million shortfall. The approved cuts come out to $20 million. Educator advocates say the cuts will directly impact students and staff.

“It's a tragedy," Chula Vista Middle School librarian Stephanie Hubner told Fox5. "It's a tragedy for the students in the South Bay, for the employees that are here serving and dedicating their lives to the students. We're not in a time of fiscal crisis in the community. It's just within the district." 

More than a hundred people signed up for public comment on Monday and none of them were in favor of the cuts. They lambasted district officials for mismanagement and a lack of transparency.

“Everything you are proposing is going to gut this district and kill this community and hurt our kids," said one parent (NBC San Diego). 

SUHSD has been working to get its fiscal house in order since the County Office of Education (COE) put it on notice in 2018. The district, which is out of compliance with Mello-Roos borrowing rules, previously refused to accept a $12 million loan from the COE. 

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