PUSD’s March 15 Deadline Looms Heavy for Some Local Educators

The approval of reductions in staffing were part of the Fiscal Stabilization Plan approved in December 2018. – File photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

UPDATED: March 5 @ 4:12 p.m.

By Terry Miller

Pasadena Unified School District Thursday evening may have to issue 32-plus full time teachers and other employees’ pink slips.

It’s important to note that the approval of reductions in staffing were part of the Fiscal Stabilization Plan (FSP) approved in December 2018, reductions because of declining enrollment, and non-re-elected probationary employees.  It is part of the process of what PUSD already cut, not new cuts. However, for some, the reality is just now about to sink in.

It’s the FSP taking effect in time to meet the March 15 deadline.

According to the district’s agenda for Thursday’s meeting:

“Now, therefore, be it resolved, by the Governing Board of the Pasadena Unified School District, that for the 2019-2020 school year, the particular kinds of services to be provided by said District shall be and hereby are reduced to the extent set forth below:

Particular Kinds of Services Number of Full Time Equivalent Positions
Elementary Teacher (Multiple Subject) 9.00 FTE
Middle School Teacher (English) 2.00 FTE
High School Teacher (English) 2.00 FTE
Middle School Teacher (Art) 0.50 FTE
High School Teacher (Art) 0.60 FTE
High School Teacher (Health) 1.00 FTE
Middle School Teacher (Health) 0.50 FTE
School Nurse 0.80 FTE
Resource Teacher (Elementary) 1.00 FTE
TOSA I (Spanish Dual Language Immersion) 3.00 FTE
TOSA II (Early Childhood) 1.00 FTE
TOSA II (Career Pathways) 1.00 FTE
TOSA II (Special Education) 1.00 FTE
Coordinator I (IB) 1.00 FTE
Coordinator I (Special Education) 4.00 FTE
Coordinator III (BTSA) 1.00 FTE
Principal (Cleveland Elementary) 1.00 FTE
Assistant Superintendent (K-12) 1.00 FTE

“Resolution 2490 calls for Education Code Section 44955 permits the Governing Board to reduce or discontinue particular kinds of service not later than the beginning of the following school year; in determining the amount of service to be reduced, the Board has considered all assured attrition known at the time of this resolution. Assured attrition is defined for purposes of this resolution to include resignations received, and to be effective no later than the end of the current school year, in the services identified above, as well as non-reelections of probationary employees for reasons unrelated to these reductions in the services identified above. The number of employees to be laid off has been reduced to reflect assured attrition known at the time of this resolution the Education Code requires that various actions be taken and notices be forwarded no later than March 15th of each school year regarding layoffs of certificated personnel resulting from reductions of particular kinds of service.”

March 5, 2019

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars...more like an addiction, his wife of 20 years says.

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