By John Glidden
Faced with a need to cut $8 million from the upcoming budget, the Vallejo school board is expected to make the first round of position cuts during a special meeting Tuesday night.
Trustees will be asked to eliminate dozens of positions for a savings of $4.3 million, according to a staff report. The biggest cuts will come from the teaching ranks — 32 positions are set to be eliminated, saving the district $2.6 million.
District staff previously stated the Vallejo City Unified School District usually has teachers who resign or retire after each school year. If may be possible that the district will not need to layoff any teachers.
Declining enrollment, the encroachment of charter schools, rising health and benefits contributions, and high chronic absentee rates have been identified as reasons why the district is facing financial issues.