School board to consider proposal to cut 535 teachers

City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education today (Feb. 10) will consider a plan to reduce the budget deficit for the next school year by cutting 1,300 employees, including 535 teachers.

The staff reductions are part of a plan put together by Superintendent Bill Kowba.

The Board of Education has resisted layoffs of teachers in recent years, but school officials have said it is no longer avoidable because personnel costs make up most of the district's budget.

Depending on whether voters pass Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposals this summer, the district will face budget shortfalls of either $120.6 million or $63.6 million for the school year that begins in September, according to the plan released Wednesday.

The superintendent's plan also calls for severe cuts to the district's central office staff, but is designed to protect programs such as athletics, arts and music — which could see funding reductions, but not elimination.

   
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