The Pleasanton Unified School District may be facing layoffs since funding to extend one-time appointments haven't come through.
The district released a letter to all employees last week that stated the district is currently employing at least 40 staff members with $3.7 million in state dollars, but that funding hasn't been secured for future years, so the district may have to let those people go.
"While we are not making budget cuts, we need to make personnel reductions to be consistent with the budget," interim superintendent Jim Hansen wrote in the Oct. 23 letter.
If the district isn't able to come up with the money by the spring, the list of layoffs will go to the school board for approval in February, and layoff notices will go to affected employees in March.
"It is very difficult to share this information with you, and members of the Superintendent's Cabinet and I feel it more appropriate to communicate this information sooner rather than later as we want to be transparent with the entire community," Hansen wrote. "Please know we are also discussing possible opportunities to bring in more revenue to the District and implement efficiencies that could help us save money."
The letter didn't name specific positions, but a PUSD budget document outlines the positions that were hired or extended with one-time dollars.
At least 40 jobs are at risk -- possibly more when part-time positions are considered. A few technology specialists, some literacy and math coaches, some counselors, some library assistants, some custodians and some vice principals' jobs are at risk, according to district budget documents.
However, the 40 full-time equivalent positions doesn't equal out to 40 jobs since some staff members could have half-time, three-fourths-time or other part-time positions.