Board To Vote On Proposed Certified Staff Layoffs

District administrators said the certified staff reduction will impact 13 employees.

The Newark Unified Board of Education will vote tonight on potential certified staff layoffs for the 2012-13 school year.

District officials are asking the five-member board to vote on whether to approve a resolution that authorizes a reduction of certified staff that totals 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

Senior Director of Human Resources Tim Erwin said while the FTE number is 26, about 13 layoff notices will be issued to certified staff members, since the FTE reduction total includes temporary certified staff members whose contracts end in June and staff members’ retirement notices.

Erwin said a change in the date children have to be age 5 to register for kindergarten, declining enrollment and a reduction of programs are the factors behind the proposed certified staff cuts.

Approximately $1 million is saved for every 12.5 FTE reduction, according to Erwin.

District staff is proposing to reduce the following services for the 2012-13 school year:

Particular Kind of Service

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

Multiple Subject


Multiple Subject Categorical Intervention


Biological Science (Elementary SRT)


Junior High Math Categorical Intervention


Physical Education


High School Math Categorical Intervention


High School English Categorical Intervention


Secondary Counselor PPS Credential


Secondary Assistant Principal


Single Subject Social Science


Single Subject Chemistry


Single Subject Spanish


Single Subject English




State law requires that school districts issue preliminary layoff notifications to certified staff members by March 15. Final layoffs notifications must be distributed by May 15.

Last May, the district authorized the for the 2011-12 school year, affecting 27 certified employees.

Also at tonight’s meeting, Chief Business Official Elaine Nielsen will make a presentation about Newark Unified’s Second Interim Report for the 2011-12 school district, which is a document that outlines the district’s revenues and expenditures for the current school year.

The board will also take part in a work study session about during school board meetings at 6 p.m. At a Feb. 28 meeting, the board voted 4-1 to remove a clause from its handbook that required all communication devices be turned off during board meetings.

The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the , 5715 Musick Ave. Click here to download the full agenda.

Geoff Burton March 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I've been hearing a persistent rumor that all school libraries will be closed next year, I hope this is not going to happen.
Jacob M. March 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
So, Irwin gets a raise; other administrators get raises; and then they lay off 26 people. How does that make any logical sense?
Joe Pereira March 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
My plan would be we layoff 5 district administrators hire a management company to do their work.. NOT layoff any certified staff and give a 10% paycut to those who made over $110 thousand..... Let's look at the bigger picture .... Cost to Employ Superintendent Kevin Harrigan $203 thousand. Chief Business Official Steven Shields $189 thousand... Newark Junior High Principal Catherine Mikes $ $143 thousand... Senior Director of HR Timothy Erwin $ 151 thousand... Director of Certified HR $141 thousand.... Are you kidding me? If you want to see more salaries go to mercurynews.com/salarys/bayarea
Joe Pereira March 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
By the way..... Those numbers where for calendar year 2010
Nika Megino (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I'm currently working on a story on this. Senior Director of Human Resources Tim Erwin did confirm that in Dec. 2010 the Board of Education voted to eliminate library clerk positions at the elementary and junior high school starting in 2012-13 as part of budget reductions.
TW March 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Here is a link to the Board Approved Budget Recommendations from December, 2010. Note that the library positions are only funded through 2011-12, with "alternative funding sources" being required to continue library services at all but Newark Memorial High School beyond this current academic year. http://nusd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229222807375/1229223260564/7211284127849719059.pdf
Julie March 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Let me guess, as usual a few fabulous, non-tenured teachers will be laid off and the students will (as usual) be left with the poor performing, high salaried, high seniority teachers. Also, a school might be better off without a principal than one who does more harm than good. I can think of one poor performing elementary school principal in the district that needs to be let go.
Dolores Van Ryn March 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Interesting...Thank you for posting.
Geoff Burton March 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Who is the poor performing elementary school principal in the district that needs to be let go? I'd really like to know.
Elizabeth Pagendarm March 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I, too, would like to know which poor performing elementary school principal that needs to be let go. I wonder if it is the same elementary school principal that I would like to see let go.


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