Declining school enrollment hits home
El Rancho Unified and the Little Lake City School District in Santa Fe Springs were the only local districts that sent out layoff warnings to teachers. Little Lake City Superintendent Phillip Perez said the district still plans not to rehire three probationary teachers – the same number that were given notices in March. “Nothing has changed,” Perez said. “We did this back in March and there are no additional” teachers who have been added to the list. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – More than a dozen area teachers won’t have jobs when classes begin next fall, mostly due to declining enrollment, local school officials said Tuesday. In the El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera, 28 temporary teachers, a permanent teacher and an administrator received notices in March warning that their positions were in jeopardy for the 2007-08 school year. School districts are required by law to send out layoff notices by May 15 each year. In the El Rancho district, the layoff warnings were given to the permanent teacher and the administrator. The 28 probationary teachers simply received “non-re-elect” notices in March, meaning the district decided not to renew their temporary job contracts. However, Superintendent Norbert Genis said Tuesday that the district believes it will be able to rehire 17 of the 28 probationary teachers that had been scheduled to lose their jobs. “Since March, people have been resigning and retiring, things of that nature,” Genis said. “So it came down to a total of 11 of the temporary teachers” who won’t be rehired. In addition, the administrator who received a layoff notice will likely be moved into a different position, Genis said. “What’s really hurting this district, as well as others, is the declining enrollment,” he added. “It’s really not improving. We’re all going through it, but some are more affected than others.” Genis expects to lose nearly 275 students next year, and about 100 more if the Passons grade separation project gets under way soon. That project calls for demolishing an apartment building.