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LAUSD under hiring freeze due to deficit

November 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles Unified School District is under a hiring freeze as it grapples with an estimated budget deficit of as much as $60 million. LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines also ordered an immediate freeze on the filling of vacancies when he made the move on Monday.

He also cut other expenses including the rental of non-district facilities and the purchase of catering or refreshments for meetings.

"As a result of the financial challenges that we are facing, it is imperative that we ensure that every dollar we spend is essential to the operation of this district, and more importantly, supports our instructional mission," Cortines said in a news release.

The only across-the-board exceptions to the hiring freeze are teachers, principals and assistant principals, cafeteria managers, school police officers, bus drivers, teachers' assistants, education aides, special education assistants and plant managers.

According to district officials, LAUSD faces an estimated $480 million deficit for the 2010-2011 school year.

The board was expected to vote on the budget package Dec. 8 because the LAUSD 2010-2011 budget must be submitted to the Los Angeles County Office of Education by Dec. 15.


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