7 librarian positions eliminated in new round of Sunnyside cuts

2014-03-13T00:00:00Z 7 librarian positions eliminated in new round of Sunnyside cutsBy Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board voted Tuesday to eliminate seven full-time librarian positions next school year as a cost-saving measure.

The three members of the board who were present, Eva Dong, Bobby Garcia and Buck Crouch voted in favor of the cuts.

The district has 20 librarian positions. The cuts mostly affect elementary schools.

Included in the seven eliminated positions, two are temporary positions, one is a vacancy, and two are due to the upcoming closures of Los Ranchitos Elementary School and Chaparral Middle School.

Librarians at the middle and high schools will keep their positions, but their job titles will be changed to librarian information specialists.

With the changes, six librarians will split their time among two elementary schools each. Los Amigos Technology Academy will be the sole elementary school with a dedicated full-time librarian.

Nine employees will be released and be given priority to apply for the seven new positions.

The changes were developed by a library executive team consisting of librarians, the information technology staff and other staff members, said Javier Baca, executive director of information technologies.

The district expects to save $250,000 with these cuts.

The reductions are the latest in a series of cuts deemed necessary after voters rejected a budget override in November.

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The board also voted to change the dates of spring break next school year to coincide with other local school districts.

Spring break is set for March 16-20 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Contact reporter Veronica M. Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or 573-4224.

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