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LAUSD, Deasy find solution to save 200+ jobs

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy (center) is seen speaking with a student in a classroom in this undated file photo.

February 14, 2013 12:25:19 AM PST
A last-minute move saved hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District employees from getting pink slips.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and the district came up with a solution just as the Board of Education was scheduled to vote on layoff notices for more than 200 school counselors, psychologists and social workers.

It suggests funding the $20 million intended to pay for staff jobs from the district's general fund, rather than individual school budgets.

"I could not possibly support sending layoff notices at this given time," Deasy said in a statement. "These support services personnel are vital to the health and well-being of our students."

The board approved the amendment with a 7-0 vote, saving 194 full-time jobs and 14 part-time jobs.

"We have and will continue to support our district employees so they can teach, inspire, support and create a successful learning experience for every student," Deasy said, "whether they are based at schools or the central office."