Tucson Unified vote tonight may cut 187 jobs

Layoffs to include teachers, counselors, others; total is greater than last two years combined
2013-05-07T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T08:48:06Z Tucson Unified vote tonight may cut 187 jobsAlexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Tucson Unified School Distrct Governing Board will vote tonight on whether to issue pink slips to nearly 200 teachers, librarians, counselors and other certified employees.

While year-end layoffs are common, the number of employees being considered this year - 187 - is more than the past two years combined.

The layoff list is the largest since 2009, when the district notified more than 600 staff members they could lose their jobs, although many of them were ultimately retained, recalled or reassigned to different positions.

TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene said the district expects the number of affected employees will decrease as they have the opportunity to apply and compete for vacant positions, as has happened in the past.

She said the district has 158 certified positions that have been approved for advertisement, and after such lists became public in the past, employees were able to secure other positions for the upcoming school year.

Any employee recalls will begin in June.

The reduction in force comes after a monthslong process to resolve a $17 million deficit, which involved the closure of 11 schools and changes to funding formulas for staffing.

Only 10 of the positions on the chopping block are from schools that will be closed in the fall.

The deficit has been attributed to a decrease in student enrollment and continuous cuts in state funding, among other reasons.

Teachers from all three levels - elementary, middle and high schools - make up the bulk of the layoff list.

In all, 68 schools are affected. Of those, seven have six or more employees who may be let go.

The campus most affected by the layoffs is Cholla Magnet High School, with 12 employees.

Other positions that may be reduced include various instructional coaches, specialists and interventionists.

If the Governing Board approves the layoffs, they would be effective at the end of the school year.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at TUSD Headquarters, 1010 E. 10th St.

On StarNet: Find more education and TUSD news and resources at azstarnet.com/education

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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