2013-02-28 / Front Page

Board fails to ratify layoff resolution


The Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees failed to pass a resolution that would have laid off 17 teachers at its special meeting Tuesday night.

Only three board members were present, and the vote to send layoff notices was 2-1--not enough for it to pass because of the lack of a quorum.

District 1 member Kirstie Kari cast the dissenting vote. "Enough is enough," Kari said of the year after year of laying teachers off. "It's time to start rebuilding this district."

Members Kim Allison and Judy Eppler voted in favor of the resolution. Following its failure, Eppler requested another special meeting on the matter so that the full board could have input.

That meeting has been scheduled for March 13 at 6 p.m. at the district office. By law, teachers must be notified if they will be laid off by March 15.

Immediately following the district's meeting, Superintendent Aaron Rosander approved layoffs of 5.5 teaching positions in the elementary opportunity classes, which are funded by the county office of education. 

For complete details on the meeting and potential ramifications of the action, see this week's Mariposa Gazette.

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