West Contra Costa Schools Brace for Layoffs

The West Contra Costa School District plans to eliminate 104 positions, although that number could fluctuate between now and May when the numbers are finalized. The cuts include dozens of grant-funded positions, including outreach workers. Teachers, assistant principals, instructional specialists, psychologists, bilingual paraprofessionals, and academic support providers are also on the chopping block.

The layoffs come at a time when parents say the district is already understaffed. A complaint filed earlier this year claims WCCUSD lacks qualified teachers. Substitutes are used long term in place of permanent teachers, according to the complaint, which civil rights attorneys say is illegal.

In an email to the school community, district spokesperson Raechelle Forrest lamented the need to trim the staff budget.

“We understand the community’s concerns about the impact of these layoffs on classroom staffing,” Forrest wrote. “It is important to note that the district is committed to hiring and maintaining qualified and credentialed individuals and that classroom teachers have not received preliminary notices.”

Read more about WCCUSD’s financial woes and the coming layoffs at EdSource.



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