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Pink slips go out

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Hundreds of employees in SLO County schools have been handed pink slips. While many know they won’t have a job, many others are left waiting to find out.

In total, 369 layoff notices have been handed out throughout county school districts.

The Lucia Mar School District is in the most trouble, with 226 pink slips handed out to its accredited teachers and faculty. That amounts to 35 percent of all accredited teachers. The district needs to cut only 125 positions, but sent out more slips than necessary in case an administrative judge decides some teachers and employees weren’t properly noticed. By law, districts must notify employees of potential  layoffs by March 15 although final decisions aren’t made until summer.

Atascadero Unified School District and Paso Robles Joint Unified School District each issued 52 layoff notices. Templeton Unified School District reportedly sent 22 pink slips. San Miguel Joint Union School District is set to lay off seven people, six for Shandon Unified School District, and Pleasant Valley Joint Unified School District will cut four.

Other districts that don’t depend as heavily on state funds have avoided cutting teachers for the moment. San Luis Coastal and Cayucos Elementary School District, both classified as basic-aid districts, will not lay off any employees this year. Basic-aid districts depend more on property tax funds than on state funding, so the aftershock from the budget crisis is not as severe for them. Dwindling property values may impact the two districts next year, as both receive most of their funding from property taxes. However, any funding drop won’t be felt until after the next tax roll.

Coast Unified School District is also not planning to cut any positions, a district representative said.

Cuesta College, although having to cut about $1 million from its budget, will likely not make any layoffs, according to spokesman Stephan Gunsaulas.

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