The Burbank Unified School District is struggling to maintain jobs
and programs, with little hope of putting a budget in place for the
next year while it plays a waiting game with the state Legislature.
“Right now, it’s hard to know what programs will be affected
because no action has been taken by the state Legislature for fiscal
year 2003-2004,” district Supt. Gregory Bowman said.
However, Bowman said the entire 10th-grade counseling program, the
Gifted and Talented Education program, school improvement programs
and any of the categorical funds designated by the state could be
The district’s worst-case scenario of a $4-million deficit might
include the termination of teachers, resulting in a return to larger
size classes in kindergarten through third grade, Bowman said.
Preparing for the possibility of employee layoffs, Personnel
Services Director Nancy Gascich presented a preliminary list of
certificated jobs that could be eliminated at the school board
meeting Thursday. Since the meeting, the list has undergone some
changes, Gascich said, but until she addresses the board at its March
6 meeting, it is not known who will receive the preliminary notices.
However, Gascich said, employees with the least seniority will be the
first to go if job reductions are necessary.
Certificated employees include teachers, nurses, psychologists and
The state mandates that most certificated employees be given
preliminary notices by March 15, and final notices no later than May
15, Gascich said. The exception is administrators, who must be
notified by June.
“There’s a lot of anxiety out there,” Burbank Teachers Assn.
co-president Kim Allendersaid.
The district’s budget is due to the state by June 30. However, the
state might not issue its budget until several months later, making
it impossible for the district to know how much state money it will