PASO ROBLES, Calif.- Paso Robles Joint Unified School District officials say 26 employees will be handed pink slips on Wednesday.
"I apologize to the lives that are being affected by this," said Board Member, Joan Summers.
Disheartening, apologetic, all words of sympathy were expressed Tuesday evening from the board members from the Paso Robles School District, as they announced cuts to staff.
"We're looking at positions such as bilingual pare educator, a pare educator, a computer person," said Dr. Ruben Canales, Director of Human Resources.
The layoffs include seven classified positions, from bilingual clerks to computer techs totaling 26 employees, the majority being part-time positions.
"We are still in a fragile state even though we have been bumped up in a qualified status and so with the governors local control funding formula proposal, a lot of categorical money or state dollars that fund particular programs are in question," said Canales.
The layoffs stem from the lack of funds, lack of work and declining enrollment, but the district remains hopeful.
"We're hoping when all is said and done that there will be money available to bring back and restore these positions and employees," said Canales.
The news hits close to home for other district employees.
"It's devastating, you work and you're putting your all into a position and to have that rejection notice come is a complete up whirl for your whole your family, your life, your emotion, everything," said Cindy Schroder, a local teacher.
Once the pink slips are distributed, the layoffs will become effective in 60 days.
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