March 8, 2013 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Union High School District has announced that it will not bring any certificated teacher layoff notices to the Governing Board at this time. By law, school districts are required to send preliminary notices to certificated staff (teachers) by March 15 if they won’t be offered a contract for the next school year.
The decision was based upon data released by the California Department of Finance last week, where it appears that a version of the Governor’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will result in funding that is adequate to mitigate the effect of the District’s projected enrollment decline of 879 students next year. Other budget solutions, including the commitment of $7.1 million in district reserves, will be used to cover shortfalls that might exist due to structural deficits that persist.
Superintendent Ralf Swenson said, “We’ve carefully considered all options in support of avoiding March 15 certificated teacher layoffs. This good news reverses a three-year cycle of issuing layoff notices to certificated staff.” He added, “This demonstrates our commitment to our students and staff by retaining our current teachers and maintaining the integrity of the instructional program.”
School Board President Jim Kelly stated, “The District and Board of Trustees care deeply about the quality of education in GUHSD and will continue to focus resources toward providing the best quality education for our students.”
At this time, there is no decision on classified employee layoffs. That deadline occurs in April. In the meantime, the District will continue to evaluate its budget projections and monitor news from Sacramento on the adoption of the Governor’s budget proposal. As the fiscal picture clears, the District is committed to doing everything possible to avoid classified employee layoffs.