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Teacher Layoffs

I feel it is important to expand on Superintendent Silva’s comment that 25 teachers in Tuolumne County have received pink slips. The fact is that the vast majority of those were issued to Sonora Union High School District teachers. At Sonora High sixteen teachers received pink slips and four more are retiring. One third of Sonora High’s faculty can now be cut. One wonders what the district’s administration is thinking.

This is especially true, since the district has $100,000 of art work it can sell. It has a very large tract of unneeded land that it can sell. And, it has several million dollars more that is available from its reserve fund. In fact, in the face of layoffs, Sonora Union High School District has more than doubled the reserve required by law. And, one district trustee said that he wanted to grow the reserve to $13,000,000.

There is plenty of money for Sonora Union High School District to keep its faculty in place. The district just has to quit hoarding art and land, and use its reserve fund for its intended use, to help in hard times. To do otherwise is for the district administration to abandon its fiduciary responsibilities in the name of false economies.