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Hundreds of San Bernardino teachers to get layoff notices

March 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Hundreds of San Bernardino teachers will be getting notices that they could be laid off, although only a fraction would actually lose their jobs."We're cutting across the board - administration, classified, everyone from the custodian to the teacher to even the board," said Danny Tillman, president of the San Bernardino Unified School District.

He said they are preparing for a possible $25 million budget cut, which would force the district to cut a total of 272 teachers at the elementary and high school level.

"If the current level of taxes does not get extended it will be a tragedy because you're talking about a difference between having to cut $25 million and $9 million," said Tillman.

The severity of the cuts will depend on if Gov. Jerry Brown can get approval for a special election that would allow voters to extend the tax increases.

"We're all tax payers, I think that if we have to pay the cost for it they're our children, we should have to," said parent Nicole Williamson.

The budget cuts would not only cost teachers their jobs but would also increase classroom sizes.

"There's no money here and to take away from education, it's just a shame. You're cutting our childrens' hands from being what they can be," said parent Eddie Sanchez.

The district is also hoping to cut employees' pay by five percent at a saving of $10 million. Layoff notices will begin going out on March 15.