Palmdale school district withdraws teacher pink slips
Unexpected retirements and resignations save jobs
Palmdale, CA – Palmdale School District (PSD) officials announced recently that due to a positive turn of events, they are able to withdraw nine previously issued lay-off notices to teachers. A series of unexpected retirements and resignations created enough vacancies to save jobs.
Previously, on March 2, 2010, as a result of the State of California’s action which significantly cut the funding being provided to the PSD, the board took action to approve a Reduction in Force for the certificated employees.
“By working with the board, management employees, and bargaining units, and as a result of receiving additional resignations/retirements from current certificated employees, we are happy to announce that the District has been able to achieve sufficient budgetary cost savings for the 2010-11 school year that it no longer must implement a certificated employee reduction in force,” indicated Superintendent of schools Roger Gallizzi.
“We are very pleased that the Palmdale community has come together and worked out a resolution that allows the District to achieve the necessary cost savings by reducing the number of certificated employees through ‘positive attrition’ rather than layoffs. This will relieve a great deal of anxiety and stress and will allow teachers to focus on their mission—creating student learning,” added Gallizzi.
Carolyn C. Hansen, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, commented, “In response to the financial crisis, the PSD has made difficult decisions and staff members have lost their jobs. The closing of schools has resulted in the loss of several classified positions. However, we celebrate the fact that even though we have had to significantly reduce the teaching staff for the 2010-11 school year, we have been able to do so without laying off current teachers. Our management, certificated and classified employees continue to make difficult, fiscally-sound decisions, while remaining committed to providing excellence in education.”
Mark Gross, PSD Board President, said, “I am delighted that in these most difficult fiscal times, we are able to make the necessary reductions, while maintaining a core of quality teachers who are dedicated to providing a rigorous instructional program.”
Keller Williams Realty, in conjunction with Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Mall, announced the results of their recent Red Day events.
Between their food drive and Red Day Walk, the groups raised $12,645 in cash and more than 10,000 pounds of food for local charities including South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Grace Resources, the WAVE Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Peter Sagan of Slovakia sprinted past Australian Michael Matthews to win today’s third stage of the Tour of California, the nation’s largest cycling event.
Sagan completed the 110.3-mile stage from Palmdale to Santa Clarita in four hours, 20 minutes, 31 seconds. Each of the next 99 cyclists were credited with the same time.
“The last three kilometers were crazy with all the sprinters who wanted to win,” Sagan said.
PALMDALE, Calif. — The eighth edition of the Tour of California begins two days of racing in Los Angeles County today with a 110.3-mile stage from Palmdale to Santa Clarita.
The 121 cyclists will leave from Marie Kerr Park at 11:20 a.m. for a stage that will feature racing through the hills north of Santa Clarita along San Francisquito Canyon and a 22-mile climb up Lake Hughes Road, followed by a gradual 18-mile descent down Spunky Canyon and Bouquet Road.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Southland again will bake in dry heat today, creating what the National Weather Service (NWS) called an “elevated fire danger” falling short of red flag conditions.
“A strong upper-level high-pressure system in combination with weak onshore flow near the surface brought record-breaking triple-digit heat to portions of the valleys and foothills on Sunday,” noted an NWS advisory.
Four people, including two men who stopped an assailant involved in an attack last November on a woman in Monterey Park, were honored Wednesday as “courageous citizens” by District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Hoa “Tony” Luong, 21, of Rosemead, was lauded for coming to the aid of a 60-year-old woman as she was being struck in the back of the head with a claw hammer and struggling with the assailant in a residential neighborhood of Monterey Park.