NUSD Officials To Vote On Proposed Layoffs

THE BUZZ has learned an administrative law judge rendered a decision Friday that would allow the Natomas Unified School District to lay off up to 58.1 full-time equivalent teaching jobs for the upcoming school year. Teacher reps have since been going over the judge’s decision and preparing for the possible outcomes.

The district’s board of trustees will hold a special board meeting 8 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) to decide whether to approve and implement layoffs. If approved, the school district apparently will not put the layoff into effect until close of business on August 14. As THE BUZZ understands it, this means those laid off will report to a work site until that time.

Sources tell THE BUZZ district officials has started contacting teachers displaced due to collapsed classes in seniority order, scheduling appointments for them to view the NUSD job boards, and asking them to choose from available classes. Arrangements are being made to have moving crews assist with last-minute classroom moves.

We have also learned the Natomas Teacher Association’s has reached a tentative agreement with the Natomas school district. If approve by the association’s Executive Board and Rep Council, a contract vote will take place this month.

Currently, the proposal is to set K-3 class size at 26 for one year only in the Natomas district. Also on the table is a two-year freeze of teacher’s step and column pay schedule and there are no furloughs — which is a surprise to some THE BUZZ talked to.

THE BUZZ is told that even if some teachers are rehired based on a NTA contract vote, which is NOT guaranteed, it could be the end of August before they’d be back at work. If there are high enrollments, the district office may rehire some teachers sooner without having an agreement in place.

Stay tuned to this developing story…


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