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Layoffs, Furlough Days Loom For Murrieta Valley Unified

The school board of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will vote this week on whether to eliminate 66 full-time elementary teaching positions and implement furlough days.

As many as 66 elementary school teaching positions in Murrieta could be affected by layoffs once a vote is taken Thursday.

In addition to the layoff notices, the school board of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will vote on furlough days for all classified and certificated management and supervisory positions, according to the meeting agenda. It will also vote on reducing school board member compensation.

Up to five furlough days in the current school year and 10 days in 2012-2013 would amount to a maximum 9.66-percent reduction in pay for management and other supervisory classified and certificated positions. The same pay cut would apply to board members. Paychecks would be affected beginning the end of March.

While the layoffs would affect elementary teachers, resulting increases to class sizes would be spread throughout all grade levels in 2012-2013, according to the agenda report.

If mandated, the furlough days would save the district $6.4 million. Those who would be dealt the cut include principals, assistant principals, non-teaching certificated positions such as counselors, athletic directors, nurses, pyschologists, speech pathologists, supervisors, coordinators and senior management.

Officials in a previous meeting, citing a $19 to $20-million budget shortfall next school year. The district has a March 15 deadline to submit potential layoffs to the Riverside County Office of Education.

In spring 2011, , 77 of those at the elementary level. But between the district and the Murrieta Teachers Association warded those off, and furlough days were taken instead. The furlough days and ultimately the pay were later

The school board meeting is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the District Support Center, 41870 McAlby Court, Murrieta.

Galactic Cannibal March 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Clearly in all of the planets nations, mass tide of human mediocrity, an estimate 0.0001% of them live in Murrieta. But outside their macro garden mentality patch , they know nothing about the rest of the planet, where 94% of the Earths people live.. The FACTS are that, aside from all our arrogant BS about our claim to be the greatest country on the Earth.. PISA international records show we are about No 8 on the educational list world wide. But when it comes to Guns and Bullets we are No 1. How pathetic is that.
Misty March 06, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I'm only recently living here, but was shocked there were no book, activity, and other registration fees when enrolling my 3rd grader. This could help cover some costs, allowing teachers to keep jobs. Just a thought.
Galactic Cannibal March 06, 2012 at 05:01 AM
You got is right Misty. Our country is all about money,, not education.
Murrieta Mom March 06, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Just a thought...I do agree that there is waste in all government that could be cut. This is a huge issue. Since I have not personally reviewed the budget as far as income and expense, I have to think that a lot of our budget shortfall is due to reduced earned income thru property taxes, since there are empty houses on just about every street. But I do have to point out that at Shivela middle school, there is a lot of new desks and work stations being installed for front end staff. (Not that they don't deserve it, but really, if we are so broke that teachers are going to be laid off, why are we spending money on new furniture???)
Tonto March 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Cali-Bell-fornia wants all your money. Gotta fund those pensions and bennies :(

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