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VVUHSD eyes 80 layoffs

VICTORVILLE • The struggling Victor Valley Union High School District has called an emergency meeting for Saturday to discuss laying off 80 employees, according to an agenda released Friday.

The layoff plan calls for letting go of 32 support staff members as of April 26, including 10 custodians, administrative and office assistants, computer technicians, library workers and more.

At the end of the 2012-13 school year, the district may dismiss 45 certificated staff members, including eight counselors and 37 teachers from disciplines including English, history, special education, art, music business, multiple subjects and more.

Another three management positions are on the chopping block, including the assistant director of facilities, the director of computer information services and the director of facilities maintenance, operations and instruction.

During Saturday’s meeting, the district’s board of directors is also being asked to accept the Tuesday resignation of Gerald Shaw, assistant principal at Victor Valley High School. Another agenda item calls for not filling that position.

The potential cuts come as VVUHSD faces fiscal insolvency and a possible state takeover amid plummeting property tax revenue and staggering debt payments.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday at the VVUHSD board room, 16350 Mojave Drive.

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