Job Cuts Coming to Novato Unified

The Novato Unified School Board has approved a series of budget cuts for the the 2020-21 school year to address a fiscal crunch.

The district will eliminate six classified positions, including four instructional aides, a para-educator, and a delivery driver. Two temporary teachers will also be let go and two vacant positions at the Hill Education Center will be consolidated, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

The district’s financial problems pre-date the coronavirus, although the pandemic certainly isn’t helping matters. Declining enrollment, ballooning pensions, and special education costs have had the district in a bind for some time. The failure of a parcel tax measure on March 3 all but ensured difficult financial decisions would have to be made. Measure A would have extended a $251 annual parcel tax through June 30, 2028 and would have increased it to $376 per parcel.

Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jonathan Ferrer has stressed that the cuts approved by the board are for “positions, not individuals.” Some employees could be “bumped” into other positions.

Read more about the cuts here