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Capistrano Unified votes to lay off 88 employees

Capistrano Unified School District will lay off 88 employees in preparation for a potential $35 million cut in funding from the state for the next fiscal year.

The school board unanimously approved the layoff at its meeting on Wednesday, June 25. The district employs nearly 4,500 people.

“It’s not that we don’t want those people,” said Martha McNicholas, the board’s vice president. “It’s just that we have to react to what we have.”

The district is eliminating 57 preschool instructional assistant positions as well as 10 preschool teachers. Other positions affected include staff providing mental and behavioral health services.

Despite the staff cuts, mental and behavioral health services will still be provided for students, Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services Greg Merwin told the school board. Teachers, para-educators and administrators will be trained in behavioral health programs, he said.

District officials said they hope to rehire those laid off if the district gets more funding from the state.

Source: Orange County Register

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