The first wave of possible cuts will likely be made among non-teaching personnel. They include management and staff throughout the district.
The school board is expected to vote March 10 on whether to authorize Cortines to send the notices.
The pink slips will be sent out as the district tries to make up for a budget deficit that has grown to about $894 million.
The superintendent is also recommending reduced maintenance, custodial and transportation services, along with some educational programs; and he's encouraging older workers to take early retirement.
"Teaching and learning happen in the classrooms and we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of these cuts on classrooms," said Cortines. "But the severity of the current situation requires us to look at everything."
Meanwhile, contract talks between the teachers' union and the district are continuing. Union members are expected to cast ballots in a strike-authorization vote March 20 through 25.
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