Long Beach school district weighs layoffs

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Unified School District has begun the process of laying off as many as 750 employees, it was reported today.

On Tuesday, the school board will consider sending notices to teachers, counselors and social workers that they could be laid off at the end of the school year, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

By law, teachers must be notified of possible layoffs by March 15.

The school board recently eliminated $38 million in spending to balance the district's budget, and class sizes may increase next year.

District officials anticipate sending layoff warnings to about 470 elementary teachers, 41 middle school teachers and 145 high school teachers, the newspaper reported. Actual layoffs, however, could be avoided, depending on retirements and resignations, district officials told the Press-Telegram.

About 30 counselors and 11 social could get layoff notices also.

The school board is scheduled to meet in open session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at LBUSD headquarters, 1515 Hughes Way in Long Beach.