Two bus drivers and nine part-time classroom aides won't have jobs next fall, after layoff actions taken this week by the Merced City School District's Board of Education.
Board members, meeting Tuesday night at Stowell Elementary School, approved cutting four bus driver positions. One driver is due to retire in a couple of months and another position has remained unfilled, leaving two terminations.
Greg Spicer, assistant superintendent for administrative services, said the bus driver cuts correspond with plans to cut the district's transportation budget by 25 percent. As part of efforts to reduce a multimillion dollar budget deficit, four or five bus routes are being eliminated and busing for gifted students, band, and after-school recreation is being trimmed.
The board's actions included laying off nine three-hour classroom aides who've been working with a mental health intervention program. Spicer said the program may be brought back if funding is extended.
Spicer said members of the California School Employees Association chapter will be voting April 27 on a memorandum of understanding that would see eight furlough days over the next two school years. Those furlough days would save 29 classified or non-teaching positions, officials said.
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