About 80 staff members including 45 teachers in Victorville will lose their jobs as the Victor Valley Union High School District seeks to close a budget shortfall and avoid a state takeover of the district.
At a special session on Saturday, the school district’s board approved the layoffs, scheduled to begin as early as April 26, 2013.
"Today is a very sad day in the district," said Superintendent Elvin Momom. "It impacts families, individual lives, the community. It has been very emotional."
School librarian, Christina Averman was shocked.
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"I asked them, are you laying me off? And they said yes," he said. "I started crying."
The budget cuts come at the recommendation of San Bernardino County-appointed financial advisor, Michele McLowry. If the district doesn’t prove it can lift itself out of debt, McLowry said a state takeover will start Feb. 13, 2013.
"If significant borrowing doesn’t occur, they will be $19 million in deficit by June," she said.