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OUSD Sends Out 74 Layoff Notices

By Linda Harmon

The Ojai Unified School District board voted to notify 74 teachers of impending layoffs, the teachers’ dreaded “pink slips,” Tuesday night. “The cuts are the largest I’ve seen in my 28 years as a school administrator,” said Tim Baird, OUSD superintendent. “I’m not happy about it.” Positions scheduled to be noticed for layoffs include 32 elementary teachers, 31 secondary teachers, and 13 district positions such as English language support, elementary music and physical education. According to Baird, the cuts are necessary based on the district’s prediction of declining enrollment and the uncertainty of the state budget. The recently approved state budget depends on the passage of five different propositions in the special election scheduled for May.  “I think some of the propositions are shaky,” said Baird. “I think the state has its work cut out for it to get all these passed. My concern is we go back to square one … and that the decisions we make now give us the

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