Several dozen school district employees will face reduced hours or will lose their jobs this summer after the state did not renew district funding that was fueling those positions.
The Pleasanton school board decided Tuesday night to let go 25.9 permanent full-time equivalent positions and 53.4 temporary full-time equivalent spots.
The decision comes after the district did not receive a renewal of about $3.7 million in one-time dollars that were funding certain positions. Employees were informed of the possibility of staffing cuts in October, according to the district.
"This was a very difficult decision that was not made lightly," interim superintendent Jim Hansen said. "As many of these positions were funded by one-time money from the state that is not guaranteed going in to the 2016-17 school year, we had to move in this direction to be fiscally responsible."
"We are incredibly grateful for the value that these positions have added to the educational programs for the students of Pleasanton Unified," he added.
The district is hoping donations from the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) will be able to provide some funding for employees who will otherwise have to be let go, but the district won't know if that's possible until March.
Board president Jamie Hintzke said the district hopes the state's updated May budget is kinder to Pleasanton Unified, but it isn't guaranteed.
She noted employees will be given notice in March because the district is required by law to notify employees at that time if their position has to be cut due to a funding issue
Some of the positions that will be reduced or eliminated include some school nurses, vice principals, some instructional coaches and a director of secondary education.
"Our heart goes out to all of these dedicated employees," Association of Pleasanton Teachers president Janice Clark said.
As for temporary certificated employees, assistant superintendent of human resources Dianne Howell said the district often decides to release all its temporary employees each year. She said some of the temporary employees were paid through one-time funding and some were replacements for teachers on leave or teachers on special assignments.
"Every year for the last several years, we have released all of our temporary employees," she said, "and then we do whatever we can to bring back whomever we can."
The board decided to wait until the next board meeting to vote on whether to renew four probationary employees' contracts.
Some employees are part-time, so the count of full-time equivalent slots don't mean exactly 79 people will be affected. Howell said she didn't have a count for exactly how many employees are included in this statistic.
The district will have to contend with possible layoff and release notices of classified employees in April, Howell said. The number of full-time equivalent spots that will be affected had not been released as of Tuesday.