About 400 parents, teachers and staff packed the cafeteria at Monte Gardens Elementary Tuesday night, as the Mt. Diablo Unified School District board began to make painful decisions about programs and jobs to cut.
The district has to cut $48 million over the next four years. KTVU reports that trustees went through proposed reductions item by item. As of late Tuesday evening, trustees had approved "reductions to special education, adult education, summer school sessions, hours worked by office and maintenance workers as well as shortening the school year to cut costs."
"As a result of the decisions, some 200 teachers, librarians, counselors and others can expect layoff notices Monday," KTVU further reported.
The board also decided to and to move forward with a $348 million facilities bond measure in June.
These cuts will likely mean raising class sizes and shortening the school year by as many as five days. In order to save 19 clerical and maintenance jobs, some workers would see a work day reduced from eight hours to six hours, resulting in 10 fewer work days a year.