Lagunitas layoff and hire

03/21/2013

Lagunitas School District’s board unanimously voted last week to issue a preliminary layoff notice for a half-time position in resource and intervention teaching services, commonly known as special education, leaving 1.5 full-time equivalent positions. District Superintendent Larry Enos said that the primary motivation was the sequester and a projected decrease in need next school year, summing up the situation up as “a lack of funds and a lack of work.” A few teachers, including Larry Nigro and Anita Collison, protested the layoff. They argued that the teacher, who they said had “multiple subject credentials,” should be reassigned, especially since the district was asking the board to approve the hiring of another full-time teacher at the same board meeting. In response to the question of reassignment versus layoff, Mr. Enos said that the district’s legal counsel advised that it should be a layoff. The board unanimously approved the hiring of one full-time teacher in the Montessori program.