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Fewer Teachers in School Budget

Trustees of the Oxnard Union High School District approved a $48.3-million final budget Wednesday that included reductions in the number of full-time teachers, cuts in the maintenance department and fewer working days for librarians.

Officials cut the number of full-time teachers in the district from 464 to 442, saving the district about $1.1 million, district officials said.

The bulk came from not replacing 17 teachers who retired, said district Business Manager Robert Brown. Not rehiring temporary teachers and eliminating a class-size reduction accounted for the remainder of the cuts to the teaching staff, he said.

In addition, two counseling positions have not been filled, and the number of working days for librarians has been reduced from 192 to 183 a year.

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The district’s maintenance budget has been cut by $80,000, funds that would have paid for overtime and for substitutes for absent custodians.

And the district budget for staff development and training has been cut by $40,000, officials said.

No classroom programs were cut, district officials said.


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