Thursday May 13 2010
Eureka Union School District to lose 21 teachers
Board votes 3-to-2 to save four teachers' jobs
The Eureka Union School District board voted Thursday to save four teachers’ jobs. That leaves 21 part-time and full-time teachers potentially out of a job next school year. Board members Kristie Greiss and Debbie Holt opposed the measure in the 3-to-2 vote. Both said they would have felt more comfortable with rescinding only three layoff notices. The district issued 25 pink slips in March. About 85 percent of the general fund budget covers salaries and benefits. EUSD has faced falling enrollment for the past six years, which has negatively impacted the district’s budget. The board closed Eureka School in Granite Bay last year, citing declining enrollment. The district has a $29 million expenditure budget and a $4.3 million deficit. Chief Business Officer Melody Glaspey said the district has identified $3.7 million in cuts, which includes the layoffs. During the school board meeting, concerned teachers, parents and Eureka Union Teachers Association President Pam Ori asked the board to dip into its 29 percent reserve to save more jobs. ~ Sena Christian ---------- For expanded coverage of this story, see the Wednesday, May 19, issue of The Press Tribune and visit www.rosevillept.com.