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YUSD Approves Staff Reductions, Says Programs Will Remain

OAKHURST — The Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees voted at a Special Meeting on Monday, Mar. 5 to approve a resolution to reduce 17 certificated positions, says Board President Tammy Loveland.

“Five of the teacher positions are retirements or resignations, so only twelve will be given notices,” Loveland notes. “We are not reducing any programs in the district. We may be reducing some program sizes, but not eliminating, with the exception of our elementary music program due to a retirement. We are still working on that piece.”

Loveland adds that this is a notification due to the legal requirements of the education code, and that the District has until May to rescind some of these notices if the “budget progress” allows.

“We are doing everything in our power to be able to rescind some of these notices, but we also want to give these employees ample opportunity to take whatever steps they need to provide for themselves and their families,” says the board president. “If it were possible we wouldn’t lose any employees.”

The reductions will reduce the budget by approximately $1.1 million. All school sites are reducing staff. The District is comprised of Yosemite High School, Rivergold and Coarsegold Elementary Schools, and an alternative education program.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 12 at Rivergold Elementary School, located at 31800 Road 400 in Coarsegold. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

In advance of the meeting the Agenda will be posted at this link.

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