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Sonora High Teachers Given Notice

Sonora, CA — Tough budget times are ahead for school districts across the Mother Lode.

As many as 12 full time teaching positions may be eliminated next year within the Sonora Union High School District, according to Superintendent Dr. Mike McCoy.

The Board of Trustees voted this week to give precautionary notices to the affected teachers. Those staff members won’t receive final notice until around the middle of May.

"The Sonora Union High School District has frozen spending for the last couple of years, we’ve had a hiring freeze on, and we have held onto as many of our dollars as possible," says McCoy. "Also, all of our administration and management staff either had their positions reduced or eliminated for next school year."

McCoy is still hopeful that some of the 12 full time teaching positions will be saved before the start of next year. The district is projecting that it would have around a $1.4 million budget gap without laying off teachers.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.