La Cañada teachers who received layoff notices to keep jobs

La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation fundraising efforts have brought in $1.55 million to date, signaling that the district likely will be able to retain many of the teachers who received layoff notices in March, officials said this week.

“It is hard work for the next two months,” La Cañada Unified School District board President Scott Tracy said Tuesday. “We have less than two months to go until June 30 to try and raise as much money as possible.”

The announcement came even as the school board voted Tuesday to lay off the La Cañada High School student store coordinator, cutting a part-time classified staff position.

The coordinator’s position has been paid for by the school’s student government association, or ASB, for the last few years, said Patricia Hager, assistant superintendent for human resources.

“In a recent ASB meeting a vote was taken to discontinue the funding because the student store is no longer profitable and ASB is concerned about meeting its financial obligations,” Hager said. “What this means is a recommendation to layoff this position at the end of the 2011-12 school year.” 

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

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